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There Will Come Soft Rains

by Ray Bradbury

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Based on "There Will Come Soft Rains," how do you think Bradbury views our culture's legacy to the future?

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In accord with the previous posts, Bradbury sees life going without a mere whimper, as does T. S. Eliot. The danger of technology, Bradbury warns, is that it does not care that the harm comes to itself or to its owners. In "There Will Come Soft Rains," only nature will prevail over man.

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The theme of the story suggests that our own technology will destroy us if we do not manage it well. In the story, mankind has achieved great technological advances that have made life easy, comfortable, and convenient, but all have been lost in a devastating nuclear war. Advanced technology without the wisdom to control it can destroy those who have created it. Bradbury's story may not be a prediction of what will happen to us, but it clearly stands as a warning not to be ignored.

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Probably that the meek will indeed inherit the earth because nobody else would have it! Bradbury is very pessimistic about the outcome of technical "advancement" as was Einstein about man's harnessing nuclear energy. This short story is probably one of his "worst" cautionary tales in that there is absolute no hope left for mankind even if certain events on the planet carry on.

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