How does "There Will Come Soft Rains" relate to meteor showers?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't see much in way of similarity between the concept of the meteor shower and Bradbury's short story.  The meteor shower idea is one that reflects a certain resiliency about Earth.  The meteors and showers that are on Earth's trajectory are disintegrated as they enter the Earth's atmosphere.  This reflects a certain level of strength in Earth, capable of withstanding something that could represent destruction.  The vision that Bradbury gives in his short story is not this.  In this particular setting, Earth has not been able to withstand the mass destruction that presumably humans have inflicted upon it.  The massive amount of radiation and radioactive waste that is in the air has killed off all human life.  This destruction of humans was brought on by humans, making the setting even more painful to witness.  The natural balance of the meteor showers heading towards Earth and then being dissolved through atmospheric pressure is not the equilibrium represented by the condition in Bradbury's short story, where clearly, all is not well.  In this light, I see the vision that Bradbury offers as an indictment of human "progress," one that contradicts what is offered in the realm of natural progression.

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