Explain how the story exposes issues that are still relevant today in 2013.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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One issue that "There Will Come Soft Rains" explores that has relevance today is the dependence on technology. The house in Bradbury's story is a technological marvel, filled with every possible advancement. Yet, the same technology that has made the house so breathtaking is the very same element that has destroyed modern society.  The over-reliance on technology and the implications it carries are a part of the narrative that is seen in 2013, where smartphones, social networking, and technology has done a good job of supplanting human contact.  For example, Tweets and posts on facebook have replaced letter writing.  The world in Bradbury's story is one where technology has replaced human contact, something that is increasingly evident with a dependence on technology in 2013.

In a larger sense, "There Will Come Soft Rains" displays the idea of how social advancement and destruction often work in tandem with one another.  Advances in society carry unforeseen consequences where destruction can be evident.  The setting in Bradbury's story relates to the world in 2013.  While there have been many advancements in technology and social advancement, we still find a world in which terrorism, human trafficking, and abuse still run rampant.  Social advancement and social destruction seem to go hand in hand, similar to Bradbury's story.  There is not a clear notion of progress for it is always tempered what what should not be despite advancement.  In this regard, the story is reflective of much that exists in 2013.

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