How can the house can be seen as a character in "There Will Come Soft Rains"?
The house can be seen as a character in this short story because it is personified: it is given human traits as if it is a living person.
The house, like a stunned person might, keeps on functioning after a nuclear holocaust has destroyed its entire civilization. It is personified, for example, as having:
kept its peace. How carefully it had inquired, "Who goes there? What's the password?" and, getting no answer from lonely foxes and whining cats, it had shut up its windows and drawn shades in an old-maidenly...
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