There Will Come Soft Rains Questions and Answers
by Ray Bradbury

There Will Come Soft Rains book cover
Start Your Free Trial

In "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Rad Bradbury, how did the silhouettes get there?

Expert Answers info

Gretchen Mussey eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2015

write10,215 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Law and Politics

In Bradbury's short story, the only house that has survived a nuclear blast in Allendale, California in 2026 A.D. is a technologically-advanced smart home that continues to function after the inhabitants die. Although the automated home is completely empty, the house continues to perform advanced mechanical functions as part of its daily routine.

On the outside of the home, the entire west side of the house is completely black, except for the white silhouettes of a man mowing the lawn, a woman bending down to pick flowers, and the image of two children playing catch with a ball. These silhouettes were caused during the nuclear blast, which disintegrated the people instantly and left an outline of their bodies on the side of the home. Outside of the silhouettes is a thin layer of charcoal covering the entire home.

These silhouettes are all that is left of the family that once inhabited the smart home. Eventually, the smart home burns down and collapses after a tree branch falls through its roof and starts an electrical fire.

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial