Ray Bradbury's There Will Come Soft Rain

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Ray Bradbury’s, “There Will Come Soft Rains” is a short story in which an advanced, futuristic house meets its demise long after the residents have died. Bradbury’s use of diction and sentence structure provides the reader with intricate details that appear to almost bring the reader into the home’s mind itself, without disrupting the flow of the story. Throughout the tale, a common theme is observed: the automation and continuance of a “helper home” even when there are no residents. It is suggested that the former family living in the home was killed by a nuclear explosion: “The house stood alone in a city of rubble and ashes. This was the one house left standing. At night the ruined city gave of a radioactive glow which could be seen for…show more content…
When a tree bough falls into the house, “A falling tree bough crashed through the kitchen window.” (Bradbury 3) a branch hits cleaner solvent into an active stove, which immediately is set aflame. The reader is almost swept up in the terror and fear the house feels by Bradbury’s skillful description of the many voices of the house that notice the fire: “[...] while the voices took it up in chorus: "Fire, fire, fire!” (Bradbury 3). The house tried desperately to contain and quell the fire, but ultimately started malfunctioning. Bradbury’s excellent use of word choice and sentence structure shine bright as the sun in the depiction of the destruction of the house. His word choice perfectly describes the utter insanity, mayhem, and speed at which the house’s life ends. In the paragraph, Bradbury uses words such as “insanely” (Bradbury 3), “thousands” (Bradbury 3), and “maniac” (Bradbury 3) in sentences that do not end. It appeared as if the fire was going too fast for the author to properly explain
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