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What are the main characters in "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury?

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magfye | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 21, 2011 at 2:21 PM via web

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What are the main characters in "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury?

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burke-eng | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted July 21, 2011 at 2:40 PM (Answer #1)

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The story "There Will Come Soft Rains" from Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles has no human characters. The concept behind the story is that all human life on Earth is gone, but this fully automated house keeps going because it is a machine. We know people existed at one point because their outlines are visible outside.

The house is really the main character in the story, and is supposed to be a machine, but Bradbury gives the house human-like qualities (personification). The robotic mice in the story are described as angry and at the end of the story when the house catches on fire, the house is described as “dying” and screaming. The story says the house “tried to save itself” showing a human desire for self-preservation.

The other short stories in the collection have human characters, but the house would be the main character in “There Will Come Soft Rains”.

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kait-mu | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 8, 2011 at 12:13 AM (Answer #2)

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In story "There Will Come Soft Rains" from Ray Bradbury, the main characters is the house because the chatachs on fire.

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