Misuse Of Technology In Ray Bradbury's There Will Come Soft Rains

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The future of humans is unpredictable and mysterious. Because of this, writers can expand their imaginations on stories of the future. "There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury and “By The Waters of Babylon” by Stephen Vincent Benet are both fictional short stories that portray the future world when humans no longer reign. Both authors of these two stories convey that the of misuse of technology may lead to disappointment and pain, but nature is everlasting.
In both stories, people’s misuse of technology is the major theme that shows why humans no longer reign. In Ray Bradbury 's story “There Will Come Soft Rains”, it seems that the misuse of technology helps expand the war, because there are lots of traces of bombs; and now the people are …show more content…

There was a content family: “a man mowing a lawn”, and his wife “[bending] to pick up flowers”(Bradbury 1). Included in this story is their son throwing a ball, and opposite him is his sister, “hands [raising] to catch a ball” (Bradbury 1). They seem happy; however, the truth is, they are all “the silhouette in paint” on the west face of their house (Bradbury 1). The author uses irony to express the grief of this family’s death. Though the silhouette of the family looks like the people in this family are living happy and content, they actually are dead at that time. Furthermore, Stephen Vincent Benet’s “By The Waters of Babylon” also describes the misuse of technology that leads to the end of human society and disappointment. The protagonist, John, after he finds the place of the gods, spends the evening in an apartment, and then has a vision of the war of the “gods” when he looks at the city from the window of the apartment. He has a vision there is “fire falling out of the sky and a mist that poisoned”, and he sees “the Great Burning and the Destruction” and people “[running] about like ants in the streets of their city” (Benet 7). Moreover, the buildings began to fall, and just “a few escaped” (Benet

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