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What does "There Will Come Soft Rains" suggest about the relationship between man and...

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lollovelife | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 25, 2012 at 3:05 AM via web

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What does "There Will Come Soft Rains" suggest about the relationship between man and nature?

(hint: the fire at the end of the story)

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 26, 2012 at 10:40 AM (Answer #1)

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What this story suggests is that there is a sort of antagonistic relationship between people and nature, but that people need nature nonetheless.

At the end of the story, the fire consumes essentially everything that the people had made.  People have set up all of this technology to separate themselves from nature.  This shows that there is something of an antagonism there because people are trying to create a world that does not really include nature.  Nature then gets revenge by destroying the house.

However, we also see that people really need nature.  When they destroy the relationship between themselves and nature, they also destroy themselves.  The technology that they love so much (that also separates them from nature) has now destroyed them.  It seems that they needed nature.

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