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by Ray Bradbury

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Describe how the house is finally destroyed in "There Will Come Soft Rains."

The house is destroyed at the end of "There Will Come Soft Rains" when a tree branch breaks through the kitchen window, setting off a fire. The house attempts to fight the fire, but the fire spreads too quickly, overwhelming its defenses. In the end, the house collapses in on itself, leaving only one wall standing.

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As the previous educators have noted, the house is destroyed by a fire after a tree branch goes through the kitchen window, knocking a bottle of cleaning solvent onto the stovetop.

What is really interesting about this description is how Bradbury humanizes the process. The death of the house follows a pattern that is similar to the death of a human body. When the fire reaches the attic, for example, Bradbury describes how the pumps are “shattered” into pieces. The description is reminiscent of the way that a skull might break, with the bone smashing into pieces.

From the attic, the fire moves from room to room, beginning with the upstairs bedrooms. This is a methodical process, just as a fire would move down each section of the human body.

To really emphasize the comparison between the death of a house and the death of a body, Bradbury talks about how the house shudders and how its “bared skeleton” is impacted by the heat:

Its wire, its nerves revealed as if a surgeon had torn the...

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