There Will Come Soft Rain Symbolism

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Choices Determine Our Existence

Remember the people who stood out in the street wearing the large signs yelling “THE END IS NEAR! THE END IS NEAR!” That’s been thought of as a joke, but soon it may be a reality. The way we are living our lives, and the choices that are being made, are corrupting the world. Both Joan Aiken and Ray Bradbury portray the significance of how our choices influence our existence in their short stories ; however, Aiken does so by character in “Searching For Summer”, where Bradbury does so by symbolism in “There Will Come Soft Rains”.

In “Searching For Summer” the theme develops and can be applied through the story by characterization. In the dialogue between Lily, Tom, and Mr. Noakes, the theme shows itself in
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The part of the short story that shows the theme with symbolism is when the house is being described “The house came out from behind the rain. The house stood alone in a city of rubble and ashes” (Bradbury 88). Another passage later on in the story also helps convey the theme while describing the house even more “The entire west face of the house was black, save for the places” (88). The symbol of the story is the house along with it’s walls that have the silhouettes of the dead on them. All of the human race is destroyed and all that is remains is one house, which is the main focus of the story. The symbolism of this story connects to theme in that the humans became so advanced that they ended themselves. Their own choices led to the dark and ominous world that they aren’t a part of anymore. All that remains is one gloomy house. Instead of choosing to use the technology wisely and advance, the humans ended their race. Their own choices altered their existence and now humans are no longer a part of the world. Humans once again show that they can never truly achieve peace, and ultimately will end up destroying
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