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There Will Come Soft Rains
Transcript of There Will Come Soft Rains
Written By Ray Bradbury
Madeleine Gillcrist, Rachel Collier, Tom Parker and Gabby Thorpe
Point of View, Setting, Mood, and Tone
Analysis of Plot
The house is the protagonist. It is a neat and organized machine. It is static and flat, without real purpose. The direct characterization of the house is that it is repetitive and unchanging. An example of this is throughout the whole story the house follows the same routine every day in which only the date changes.
The indirect characterization of the house shows that it is a control freak and extremely organized. An example of this is that is does not let any animals touch the house and cleans every speck of dirt.
Another theme in "There Will Come Soft Rains" is that nature will always beat technology. This is shown in the story by the tree branch causing the catastrophe and ultimately the fire's destruction of the house. In today's world, technology is just as fragile and can be taken out by Mother Nature on any day, at any time.
Reviews and Recommendations
Point of View and Setting
The point of view in "There Will Come Soft Rains" is third person. The narrator speaks about the house, that was built on technology, survived the nuclear holocaust and was enduring the absence of life. The importance of the third person narrator is that the sense of emptiness is magnified by no person being alive and the story being told by someone not in the story.
"There Will Come Soft Rains" is set in the future, 2026, after the Nuclear Holocaust. It takes place inside of a fully functional house built specifically to run on its own, without humans.
Mood and Tone
The moods of the story are emptiness and sorrow. The emptiness is shown by the loneliness of the house which continues to serves its no longer existing family. The sorrow is expressed by the dog desperately seeking its family.
The tone of "There Will Come Soft Rains" is ironic because the human race had been outlived by technology of their own creation. The human race and its technology took millennium to create and develop yet humanity appears to have been eliminated in a moment. I know this is the tone because the irony shows the charcoal mark silhouettes of the family, which was all that was left of them.
Exposition: The Alarm clock rings and the house begins it's daily functions.
Conflict: No humans are present
Rising Action: The house performs day to day tasks. The mice clean, the dog died and was disposed of, and the house played poems.
Climax. The tree falls and the fire starts.
Falling Action: The house burns to the ground even though it attempted to save itself.
Resolution: One wall is left standing repeating the same morning message.
Even though "There Will Come Soft Rains" was published in 1950, it touches on issue that our society is currently experiencing. We are struggling with technology being the only option we have created for ourselves. This teaches a lesson for humanity and generations to come. We would recommend this story for people who like the science fiction and futuristic genre.
Nature is the Antagonist. It is persistent and unpredictable. It is also a static and flat character.
The direct characterization of nature is that it is clever and fearsome. An example of this is when the fire consumes the house despite the house's best efforts to survive. This indirect characterization of nature is that it is undying and not concerned with humans or anything that stands in its way, their actions and their fate. An example of this is the poem describing nature as if it did not care that humans were gone.
Irony- The poem in the story describes how nature lives on without human involvement, and that humans will die anyway, eventually destroying themselves through war. In the short story, nature and humans both die by human fault and neither live on. In the poem it describes soft rain falling on the ground, but in the story, the only rain that is present is the fake, mechanically operated sprinklers falling on the house's floor. Although the poem has a happy tone, the story is pessimistic and everything is decimated.
Symbol #1- The dog symbolizes the suffering and death that humans and nature will go through eventually
Symbol #2- The family silhouette symbolizes the mark that humans make on the world after we are gone will stand the test of time, and even if we destroy ourselves, we did not destroy our legacy.
Symbol #3-The house represents how humanity will eventually kill itself no matter how hard it tries to save itself, it's humanity's destiny to have a greater cause overcome it.
Symbol #4-The wall telling the time over and over at the beginning and end of the book symbolizes that time moves on, unaffected by what goes on around it.
Tone-the author uses tone to convey messages. One of these includes the message that humanity will be outlived by its technology. Ray Bradbury uses a depressing tone in his story that makes us as readers feel powerless in the realization that human self-destruction is inevitable.
Examples of Personification- "But the solvent spread on the linoleum, licking, eating under the kitchen door while the voices took up in chorus, 'Fire, Fire, Fire!' "
A theme in "There Will Come Soft Rains" is humans versus machines. Although these technological accomplishments are great now and were great in the story, they ended up serving no one and nothing because there was nothing left to serve. This was because technology in the form of the Nuclear Holocaust eliminated humanity.