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There Will Come Soft Rains
Transcript of There Will Come Soft Rains
By: Ray Bradbury
Analysis of Plot
Exposition: August 2026, a fully-automated house announces it's time to wake up house is empty. breakfast is made, but no one is around to eat it. At night time, the house automatically reads the woman's favorite poem "There Will Come Soft Rains". There's a wall outside the house with all its paint burned off except for a few silhouettes .
There is silhouette of a man and woman doing yard work and a girl and boy throwing a ball.
The neighborhood is burned down and radioactive glow hangs over city.
Analysis of Plot
: At night time, the house automatically reads the woman's favorite poem "There Will Come Soft Rains"
An injured dog enters the house and dies.
The house continues to operate on a routine schedule.
: The poem talks about how once mankind is destroyed because of war, nature will go on as if nothing had happened
later that night, a tree falls through the kitchen of the house starting a fire that spread throughout the whole house burning everything but one wall.
Analysis of Plot
After that night, a tree falls through the kitchen of the house starting a fire that spreads throughout the whole house burning everything but one wall.
The neighborhood goes on to decay and take nature's course.
The main character in There Will Come Soft Rains is the house itself. This automated house functions routinely from the programming its human inhabitants had laid the foundation for when they were alive. The house is a round character, but is still static. The house does not undergo and change throughout the short story.
We decided to give this story a 8 out of 10 since it is a great story to read in order to see the way technology will outlive any human beings in the future and the impact it has on everyday life.
Point of View
Mood and Tone
Bradbury uses dramatic irony because we know that humans no longer exist, while the house does not.
He uses personification as he gives characteristics to house saying “And the rain tapped on the empty house”
As most authors do, he used foreshadowing. It says “The voice-clock sang, worriedly, "...Ticktock, seven o' clock, time to get up, time to get up, seven o' clock! As if it were afraid that nobody would" hinting that it would find out nobody was there.
He also uses the literary device of allusion since the story recites the poem, “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Sara Teasdale.
Lastly, he uses suspense when the dog is injured by the nuclear bomb. Since there is no humanity left, you’re left wondering if the dog will survive or not. It keeps you wanting to keep reading.
This poem praises man's great accomplishments, but also expresses sadness over our ability to destroy ourselves.
It shows our great inventions and accomplishments outliving us, but still trying to serve and please us. Without the creativity and presence to maintain it , it eventually perished.
The tone throughout this short story can be described as eerie and stolid. The house harbors human traits that give the story an unnatural, almost sci-fi feel.
There Will Come Soft Rains takes place in an abandoned neighborhood at an individual house. After a bout of nuclear warfare, a technologically advanced house preserves order and routine, defying all odds.
This story is written in the point of view of the house. The story is written in 3rd person omnicient.
In addition to the house, a dog on the verge of death wanders into the decaying ruins of the house. This character has no real influence on the plot of the story and can be described as flat and static
The McClellan family is mentioned in the story, for they were the former residents of the house that is featured. They are morbidly acknowledged when the narrator talks about silhouettes that were etched into a side wall of the house after the nuclear explosion. This family can be described as a representation of a flat character.