There Will Come Soft Rains Questions and Answers
by Ray Bradbury

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How does the author create and maintain suspense in "There Will Come Soft Rains"?

The author creates and maintains suspense by only gradually revealing what is going on in the story. At first, we only know that the family is missing, but not what happened to them. Later, we discover their fate but are in suspense about what will happen to the house. Bradbury accentuates our sense of building to a climax by repeatedly noting the time of day, which suggests another event is about to occur, though we don't know what will happen or when it will occur.

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Bradbury creates and maintains suspense in his short story by only gradually revealing what is going to come. It is as if he is slowly pulling back a curtain.

The first element that creates a sense of suspense is the absence of the family. The house goes about its business, but the family they are servicing is mysteriously missing. We learn the house tells the family it is time to go:

But no doors slammed, no carpets took the soft tread of rubber heels

Later, we learn that:

Outside, the garage chimed and lifted its door...

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