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How does "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Bradbury relate to "Meteor" by John Wyndham,...

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rghosh | eNoter

Posted July 6, 2010 at 6:18 PM via web

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How does "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Bradbury relate to "Meteor" by John Wyndham, and what is the analysis of "Meteor"?

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ktmagalia | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted July 7, 2010 at 7:33 AM (Answer #1)

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American writer, Ray Bradbury, and British writer, John Wyndham, are notably two of the most famed science fiction writers.  Both wrote of man's ultimate demise, the end of civilizations, and the power of nature to overcome. Bradbury incoporated settings of typical situations overpowered by man-made troubles, as demonstrated by the atomic aftermath in his short story, "There Will Come Soft Rains." Wyndham is famed for using similar typical situations, but typically in his the

...end of the civilization can come in the form colonies of telepathic children, who do not have individual spirits, or spiders start to cooperate, hunt in packs, or quasi-intelligent plants threaten the very existence of mankind.

Both "There Will Come Soft Rains" and "Meteor" share a calm and peaceful tone established by settings comprised of normal situations and natural presentations of an apocalytical event. The subject matter of both deal with man's detructive nature and delve into issues of moral values humankind must face in order for a balanced existence within nature.

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kp1111 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 9, 2011 at 2:24 PM (Answer #2)

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There will come soft rains-shows how technology will overshadow man. however there is a sense of hope because of its title.

Meteor-Shows how ungrateful and selfish man is.

In both stories the common connection is mans qualities.

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kkassam | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 19, 2012 at 12:20 PM (Answer #3)

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In both stories, both authors bring out the theme of mankind bs technology. In there will come soft rains, the author expresses how independent the machinery that humans have created have become, but that even though humans actions affect the nature, nature prevails, and is able to conquer all. In meteor, the theme is fairly similar. The story revolves around the future bodies conquering earth in a form we would have never imagined. These bodies were able to survive in earth for a long time before they were killed. The setting of the two stories is fairly similar, as they both bring out the element of the future. There will come soft rains is directly set in the future outlining the destruction that has been caused by humans own inventions. Meteor, however, outlines the future in a slily differet way, pot raying the technology that was used by these bodies from Forta.

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