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In "There Will Come Soft Rains," what literary device does Bradbury use most when he...

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stylen1 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 30, 2008 at 3:32 AM via web

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In "There Will Come Soft Rains," what literary device does Bradbury use most when he relates to the house?

 

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mrs-campbell | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 30, 2008 at 5:34 AM (Answer #1)

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The most often used literary technique to describe the house is personification, where you give inanimate objects human-like characteristics.  This is interesting, considering the house is devoid of humans; making the house and its mechanical components human-like seems to both fill the house with life, and emphasize its emptiness at the same time.  I have listed many examples below, and I hope it helps!:

1.  "the breakfast stove gave a hissing sigh"

2.  "memory tapes glided under electric eyes"

3.  "Outside, the garage chimed and lifted its door to reveal the waiting car"

4.  "hot water whirled them down a metal throat which digested"

5.  "it had shut up its windows and drawn shades in an old-maidenly preoccupation with self—protection which bordered on mechanical paranoia."

6.  "Behind it whirred angry mice, angry at having to pick up mud, angry at inconvenience."

7.  "At ten o'clock the house began to die"

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smoochez0 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 10, 2012 at 2:13 AM (Answer #2)

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Satire (humorous writing intended to point out errors, falsehood, foibles, or failings)

The writer intended to point out the errors in humanity that one day the technology we create were surpass us and ultimately destroy us

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