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How can "There Will Come Soft Rains" and "The Veldt" by Ray Bradbury be compared?

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There are several similarities between the stories “There Will Come Soft Rains” and “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury. First of all, both houses seem to have a creepy nursery that projects pictures and scenes on the walls for the children to enjoy.  The houses have similar technological advances where dinners are cooked, robots clean, and every convenience is provided for its occupants.  No one has to lift a finger in the homes; everything is done for them.

In addition, both stories have the same theme of how technology runs wild and ultimately destroys these families and society. In “There Will Come Soft Rains," the very technology that serves its people destroys them in a nuclear war. In “The Veldt," the children program the nursery to destroy their parents who threaten to turn off the technology and close the nursery and house because of how they are affecting the children. Both of the societies in these two stories have given up their lives for convenience and advanced technology, and in both cases, the technologies become destructive forces.

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