In the story, A Sound of Thunder, why did the government allowed time traveling? "Time Safari"? An ordinary citizen, Eckles, traveled back in time and accidentally killed a butterfly. This simple act can cause the presidential election result to vary. What if someone traveled back in time and changed something important, which lead to something horrible?
Post by nadiraamalina on Sept 19, 2012 4:54:09 GMT -5
The author never mentions what the company would do after the mess up in the timeline. Maybe they have some sort of 'Time Police' who have researched all of the potential outcomes from all the possible scenarios and after a mistake in the timeline, would be dispatched to the time of the event and change it. I think if they did that, they would have to be blocked off from all media as to not be affected by the change in views cause by the timeline changing.
Government actully gave them authority to traveling and the reason I guess was that government thaught no one will change the future since they were probably like just one animal kill won't effect future that much and just allowed not listening to there explanation. And if something horrible happens like this in real I will love to find out and kill him or her and also we talked little about this in our class. You guys know when there was election between Bush vs. Goer and bush won that and most of people in America is like Bush is gonna lose is like that it feels like someone has changed the election by killing butterfly It's like that one country or the whole world will be in caos
The government had to spent a millions of dollars to even provide such a impossible invention and they might wanted it so they can receive more money from the citizens. Only rich, high class citizens are allowed to try the time machine because it is too expensive. But if they have a time machine, maybe they planned on using to change the past to make the country into a stronger one
How will changing the past will make the country stronger? Why don't they go to the future and see how it is and come back and prevent those things to happen. Going to the past is too risky. Things might not go as wanted, since no one know what will happen if you kill a bird or an ant. Chance of things to go as you wish is probably one in a zzzziiiillllliiiioooonnnnn
Maybe they created the time traveling machine at first to be able to go back in time and change some of the events that they don't see fit or change the past for their own advantages in the future. After all, the government are the one who has the money and power. So building a time machine wouldn't effect much of their incomes and using the time machine for their own benefits would be something I would also do to get more power and more money in the country.
In the story, Mr.Travis said " The time travel company has bribed government a lot of money to let the company did that. If the government didn't allowed the company that I thought this story wouldn't go on this direction. And, the theme will be not the impact from the smallest thing in the past could change the largest today.
Im not really sure... I think the author didn't think about that... Because, if the time traveling really existed, I don't think the government would allowed people to actually use it. Anyone can just go back to the past and change the future to however they want. And if it happens, its going to be a massive world... I think the world would be just destroyed somehow because of something like a butterfly effect. So.. My opinion is that if the time traveling really existed, I don't think the government would allow us to use it unless there's this private place where there's no government regulations.
I think all the government wants is money in the story, they don't really care if they mess with time. I mean how is the government going to know if they messed with time or not? The people that work in Time safari Inc. can decide to keep it quiet and hide it from the government. The government isn't going to know that its the time travellers' fault.
The author was maybe trying to say that the government already knew about what will happen if you make a time machine. Maybe the government wanted to give the main characters punishment, so they allowed them to use the time machine. One of them ended killing another. I mean, you will never know author's thoughts.
Post by nadiraamalina on Sept 25, 2012 5:29:28 GMT -5
I don't think the author thought that far actually. If he did give a background to the entire thing, then "The Sound of Thunder" would be a 300 page novel, not a short story. I think he just wanted to convey the message that not all advances in science were for the better and that even small things can be the cause of great changes.
Post by woojongpark on Sept 26, 2012 8:03:44 GMT -5
I actually found that ridiculous too, because the problems made by twists of time cannot be fixed even with lots of money. Who is going to fix the problems made by time safari? Are they even going to "notice" that they have caused a problem? I mean, if they can change the future by doing such a trivial thing, like stepping on an animal, then the government shouldn't have let the time safari run. In fact, the future might have changed hundreds or even thousands by the time the story started, but people didn't notice.
Post by lukejoo1092 on Sept 27, 2012 10:04:17 GMT -5
There would be infinite possibilities but what I think that would be significant is maybe how a single foot step could change history. If one of the people were to leave a foot print in mud that would fossilize to become found in the later past, the people of that time would be severely confused about how could a foot print exist before humans existed. There would be only one explanation. Someone has went into the past and left his or her footprint. Then that would prove that time travel is possible in the later future. However, the people of that time would accept this as black magic, something to be condemned. So if they were ever to have the chance to encounter with a time traveler, they would most likely kill that person with the charge of black magic. This tradition would continue on to engrave the negative concept of time travel to people generations and generations later, eventually discouraging the research of time travel. This would mean that everything that could have occurred due to time travel become impossible, thus not existing at all.
I guess the government allowed time travelling because he thought maybe people will be happy and vote for him as it was the time of an election and the government who opposed time did not win so iguess aloowing time travelling was a way to earn more votes.
Post by yeajinchoi on Sept 30, 2012 7:09:43 GMT -5
I think that is another plot hole in the story that we can think about. The government sets boundaries and certain rules for the time machine but they can't actually control what the time travelers will actually do once they get to time travel. Maybe the government didn't think about that part.