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There Will Come Soft Rains
Transcript of There Will Come Soft Rains
Presentation by: Flor Espino and Amy Rojas
Point of View
"There Will Come Soft Rains" is told in the 3rd person
Significance of the Title
Analysis of Theme
"Humans are becoming more dependent; too dependent on technology"(Lit Book)
Biography of the Author
Born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois
Died June 5, 2012 in Los Angeles, California
One of the worlds most celebrated science fiction author
Never went to college
American fantasy and horror author
Had interest in magicians as a child
Loved to read adventure and fantasy as a child
Was not a fan of technology
Best known novel: Fahrenheit 451
wrote it in 9 days
Analysis of Plot
"... drawn shades in an old-maidenly preoccupation with self-protection which bordered on paranoia." Pg. 615
Analysis of Characters
"...it had shut up its windows and drawn shades in an old-maidenly preoccupation with self-protection which bordered on a mechanical paranoia."
Ray Bradbury successfully convinces his readers of his opinion that humans are becoming more dependent; too dependent, on technology. The story, written during the Cold War, is built on the constant fear of a nuclear war. The country was still mentally recovering from the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan and this was the perfect story for people to relate to at this time. In fact, it still is. With political tension comes the threat of a war. There Will Come Soft rains is a timeless story that readers of all generations can relate to.
Last house standing after the bomb
"The house stood alone in in a city of rubble and ashes. This was the one house left standing.
"Until this day how well had the house kept its peace. How carefully it had inquired..."
Main Character: The House
Internal: The fully automated house cannot understand that its masters are all gone, and there is no one so it continues its routine every day.
Ex: The robotic mice constantly work to keep the house clean and when the dog dies, they incinerate him and the house remains as it was. Also, the house worked frantically to save itself when the fire started.
External: The house fights anything that threatens its perfect and clean existence.
The poem There Will Come Soft Rains also serves as irony in the story. Mrs. McClellan's favorite poem, "There Will Come Soft Rains", is about the human race being wiped out and nature being indifferent. However, this is not the case. Everything is reduced to ash and rubble and the dog dies of radiation exposure. The bomb had also taken a great toll on nature as well.
Ray Bradbury uses irony to show how we are becoming too dependent on technology. He shows that the very same technology that was used to create the house and make life easier, is used to destroy humans and make life impossible (bookrags.com)
The poem, There Will Come Soft Rains, symbolizes how mankind will not be missed. Our technology will continue to function without us. We spend too much time around machines and not enough time with people, who will miss us when we are gone, unlike the machines.This further proves Ray Bradbury's opinion that we depend too much on technology. (enotes.com)
"...as if it were afraid that nobody would" Pg. 614
"The house was an altar with ten thousand attendants, big, small, servicing, attending, in choirs. But the gods had gone away, and the ritual of the religion continued senselessly, uselessly." Pg.616
"... a thousand things happening, like a clock shop when each clock strikes the hour... a scene of maniac confusion." Pg. 619-620
"And the voices wailed Fire, fire, run , run, like a tragic nursery rhyme, a dozen voices, high, low, like children dying in a forest, alone, alone." Pg. 619
"Heat snapped the mirrors kike the first brittle winter ice." Pg. 619
"... like delicacies, baking off the oily flesh, tenderly crisping the canvases into black shavings." Pg.619
"... like mysterious invaders, they popped into their burrows." Pg.615
"At ten o'clock the house began to die." Pg. 618
"The house tried to save itself."
"The nursery floor was woven to resemble a crisp, cereal meadow. Over this ran aluminum roaches and iron crickets, and in the hot still air butterflies of delicate red tissue wavered among the sharp aroma of animal spoors!"
The House is fully automated and its masters have an easy, effortless home life. Today, laziness is becoming more apparent with every advance in technology. While online social networks seem to be important in our society, a social life is not. An internet connection is more important than a connection to the people around us. Technology, such as the house, will not miss us when we are gone. Rather, it will continue to function as if humanity never existed. While our family and friends who we have built relationships with, will miss us.
It was the title of Mrs. McClellan's favorite poem
"Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree, if mankind perished utterly"
Setting and Atmosphere
Story takes place in Allendale, California on August 4, 2026 after the Nuclear Holocaust
Setting is directly shown
Futuristic, technologically advanced
The kitchen cooks the family's breakfast
Robotic mice clean
Set in Allendale, California on August 4,2026
in an automated house
When the alarm clock goes off and the house begins its daily chores
When the kitchen cooks breakfast
The house begins to work at 7:00 a.m. but no one talked or moved
"The clock ticked on, repeating its sounds into the emptiness"
"The house stood alone in a city of rubble and ashes"
When the fire starts the water supply runs out
There are no human beings
When the tree falls on the house and starts the fire
The attic smashing into the kitchen and parlor
The house frantically tries to extinguish the fire as it burn down piece by piece, but ends up burning down
There is only one wall left standing and the last voice says " Today is August 5, 2026,today is August 5, 2026, today is....