There Will Come Soft Rains Questions and Answers
by Ray Bradbury

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Please provide a summary and key quotations for the short story "There Will Come Soft Rains."

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This answer will focus on the key quotations of Ray Bradbury's short story "There Will Come Soft Rains." The story is full of solid choices for key quotations, so feel free to pick quotes that you feel are especially important to your own understanding of the text. An early quote that is important is the following quote:

The morning house lay empty. The clock ticked on, repeating and repeating its sounds into the emptiness.

The quote is important because it sets up so much about the story. It identifies who/what is the story's protagonist is, and it alerts readers to a very important fact. The house is empty, and that should cause readers to begin questioning how and why the house is empty. Additionally, if the house is empty, the house should not be making an announcement for everybody to wake up.

A little bit later in the story, readers get the following quote:

The house stood alone in a city of rubble and ashes. This was the one house left standing. At night the ruined city gave off a radioactive glow which could be seen for miles.

This quote is pivotal to a reader's understanding of what happened in the city. The city has been leveled and nothing else is left save this lone house. Then the narrator lets readers know that the area is completely filled with a radioactive glow. Most readers should immediately understand that some kind of nuclear event has happened. It could have been a bomb, or it could have been a nuclear power plant that blew itself up like Chernobyl did in Russia.

The story shows readers a house filled with amazing technology, and that gets readers thinking that future technologies will be really great; however, the story also serves as a warning against technology because it is mankind's technology that wiped out the city and all of the people in the first place. All the technology in the house couldn't save the people.

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