How does personification of the house help develop the setting in the short story "There Will Come Soft Rains?"

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In the short story “There Will Come Soft Rains” Ray Bradbury personifies the house to set the story in the future. He gives life to the futuristic house and includes the dates August 4 and August 5, 2026. The house talks, cajoles, cooks, cleans, and even reads poetry in a story that has no human characters. There is a decrepit dog and the nature outside the house. As you read the story, you become familiar with the setting as the house proceeds through its set schedule of the day even though there are no humans living in it. As each hour passes, the house lets the reader know what should be happening. Breakfast makes itself in the kitchen, the automated mice come out of the walls to clean, the children are called to go to school, and Mrs. McClellan is read her poetry at night. There are drinks and games set up in the garden until fire consumes the house to its death. One wall wakes up the next morning to the desolate scene.

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