Literature Photo Project
“Keith is President now. All you got to worry about is…
“Shooting my dinosaur!” Eckels finished it for him.”
The first notable event of the story, Eckels is introduced and the ending is foreshadowed.
Rising Action Example #1
“They moved silently across the room, taking their guns with them, toward the Machine, toward the silver metal and the roaring light.”
The plot starts moving forwards as the characters proceed into the time machine to kill a T-rex.
Rising Action Example #2
“So what?” answered Travis a little angrily. “Well, what about the foxes that’ll need those mice to survive? For want of ten mice, a fox dies. For want of ten foxes a lion dies. For want of a lion, all manner of insects, birds, countless billions of life forms are destroyed.”
The stakes get raised here, and we now know of the consequences if something goes awry.
Rising Action Example #3
“Travis raised his hand. “There,” he whispered. “In the mist. There he is. There’s His Royal Majesty now.”
The last moment before the climax, the stakes are even higher now that the T-rex is present.
“Thundering, it held on to trees and pulled them with it. It pulled and tore the metal Path. The men threw themselves back and away. The body hit, ten tons of cold meat and stone. The guns fired. The Monster moved its heavy tail again, made a sudden movement of its neck, and lay still.”
The goal established in the exposition is complete, and the plot winds down from here.
“Stuck in the mud was a brightly colored butterfly, very beautiful and very dead.”
We learn more about the aftermath of the climax here, and we start to question the results of this action.
“He did not move. Eyes shut, he waited, shivering. He heard Travis breathe loudly. He heard Travis lift his rifle, click the safety catch, and raise the weapon.
There was a sound of thunder.”
The final action in the story, and we learn the ultimate fate of the protagonist.
“The jungle was high and the jungle was broad and the jungle was the whole world forever and forever. Sounds like music and sounds like flying tents filled the sky. Those were pterodactyls flying high above with huge gray wings”
The story is telling us about what is happening around the characters, the jungle is large and full of noise, and there are pterodactyls flying above.
“Eckels seemed unable to move. He looked at his feet as if trying to make them walk. He gave a cry of helplessness.”
The atmosphere is generally fearful and tense, Eckels is unable to do anything out of fear.
“The Monster moved its small hands down toward the men, to break them in half, to push them into its teeth and its screaming throat. Its eyes leveled with the men. They saw themselves mirrored. They fired at the wild black circle in the center of each eye”
Person V Nature, the T-rex is simply just a T-rex, acting like how a normal T-rex would.
“He heard Travis breathe loudly. He heard Travis lift his rifle, click the safety catch, and raise the weapon.
There was a sound of thunder”
surprise/twist, we aren’t expecting Travis to shoot Eckels.
“Don’t run,” said Lesperance. “Turn around. Hide in the Machine.”
“Yes.” Eckels seemed unable to move. He looked at his feet as if trying to make them walk. He gave a cry of helplessness. […] “Not that way!”
Situational, lesperance tells Eckels to walk back to the machine, Eckels acknowledges this by saying ‘yes’, yet walks off the path.
“the jungle was wide and full of sounds.
Suddenly it all stopped, as if someone had shut a door.
Putting characters’ safety in jeopardy, we are aware that the T-rex is coming, but we do not know when.