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Could someone please give me a proper explaination of the imagery used in "There Will...

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joshuacase | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 28, 2012 at 7:49 PM via web

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Could someone please give me a proper explaination of the imagery used in "There Will Come Soft Rains?"

This doesn't bring up imagery as it should. Imagery is meant to make you picture what the author is saying. What is the relevance of you're answer the quotes used are flawed, not supporting 'imagery'. 'The toast was like stone' was only like stone because it had been left out for a while, uneaten. other wise it was 'perfectly browned'.

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 28, 2012 at 8:52 PM (Answer #1)

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There are a number of places that Bradbury uses images to get across a certain image but one of the most powerful is the description of the shadows burned permanently onto the western wall of the house.

Here the silhouette in paint of a man mowing a lawn. Here, as in a photograph, a woman bent to pick up flowers. Still farther over, their images burned on wood in one titanic instant, a small boy, hands flung into the air higher up, the image of a thrown ball, and opposite him, a girl, hands raised to catch a ball which never came down.

Bradbury takes the time to craft this image very carefully, depicting not a man panicking or running in fear from the terrible news of a nuclear onslaught but a man mowing the lawn, doing something ordinary and something that many people could identify with.  The horror of this nuclear destruction is in its suddenness, in the fact that without warning the entire city could be wiped away with nothing left but these shadows and this one, lone house.

The same goes for the images of the woman and the children.  They are all engaged in normal, innocent, completely run of the mill activities that were recorded by the horrible flash of light that burned their shadows into the wall forever.

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joshuacase | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 28, 2012 at 8:57 PM (Answer #2)

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Thank you very much, I'm 15 but I'm really bad at analysis so this helps alot for what i need to do. I have read through the text and can find very little use of metaphor and simile, could you perhaps help with that?

Thanks again.

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