There Will Come Soft Rain

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There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury is a story about how humans have been destroyed rather than saved by the use of technology. This story was written in the era when many people were concerned about the devastating effects of nuclear weapons. It showed how bombings in both Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japan were affected with the dropping of the atomic bomb. Nearly all of Bradbury’s short stories and novels show a deep concern with the effects of a technological revolution on human society. The concern is dramatized in the neutral tone and precise detail of imagery used in the narration of this short story, intensifying the horror of the use of nuclear weapons. The story starts off with a happy family living in a wonderful electronic house until “And then one day s the world shook and there was an explosion followed by ten thousand explosions and red fire in the sky and a rain of ashes and radio-activity, and the happy time was over.” We know that the family has died but it is not said in the text as it is obvious in the way this text is constructed. This house this family lives in is no ordinary house. Even thought the inhabitants don’t exist anymore, the house still functions to its capacity. The house does everything for them, cooks breakfast, lunch and dinner, and warms up the beds before they go to sleep as well as normal everyday chores. Here we can see how technology in the house had replaced servants. Personification has been used, giving the house realistic human traits. This reminds us that there are no humans in the house. We saw the destruction of human life within the house, the image of the family interacting in the garden capturing a slice of life as it was at the very moment of the explosion as well as the impact on everyday life. Ironically, the electronic house dies like a human as nature ends up destroying it, symbolic of human foolishness as
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