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"There Will Come Soft Rains"
Transcript of "There Will Come Soft Rains"
The time period in which this story was written was around 1950, after the atomic bomb was dropped in Japan, and during the Cold War. Everyone was scared that atomic bombs would be dropped on them, because they knew how much destruction it could cause. In this story, an atomic bomb was dropped. When Ray Bradbury mentions the 5 splotches of paint on the side of the house, he is relating to how people's shadows were melted on to the walls when the heat of the bomb disintegrated them. They blocked the radiance from the bomb from the house, so in the ash, there were "shadows" of them.
Allusion and Climax
"There Will Come Soft Rains"
Historical Context (Allegory)
The story has a setting that was intended to be in 1985 but is 2048 in our time. It takes place in America, April 28th - 29th, to be even more specific from 7:00am-the morning of April 29th. The "conflict" (there isn't really a prominent conflict in this story) is person vs. nature/self. One theme of the story is that you shouldn't let technology take over your life or else life will become meaningless. Another theme is that technology can destroy everything if the human race isn't careful.
Setting, conflict, and theme.
The protagonist's character in this story is rather complicated. The house is the protagonist. It's very oblivious, or detached from the surrounding action; it doesn't even know that the bomb was dropped. It is obviously very mechanical because, well, it's a robotic house. The only emotion that the house feels is anger. This is when " The dog padded in wearily, thinned to the bone, covered in sores. It tracked mud on the carpet. Behind it whirred the angry robot mice, angry at having to pick up mud and maple leaves..." (28). The dog has just tracked in mud and leaves, and the house, having just cleaned up, is angry for having to clean up again. The house feels anger towards the dog, which shows that the house can have emotion.
The climax is when the house burns down, because this is the main turning point in the story. The allusion in this story is the poem. It's an extremely critical piece of the story. This poem states that nature will go on even when humans have vanished completely. To be blunt, we don't really matter on Earth. Nature is perfectly fine without us.
By Ray Bradbury
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The happy time is over
The house burns down
Dawn shines faintly
The house is oblivious to the surroundings
The happy time for the humans (before the bomb)