In "There Will Come Soft Rains," how does the author describe the nursery? What is significant about the way it is decorated?  

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The nursery walls show scenes from nature, but with images that are enhanced and unnatural. We are told the nursery has walls of glass behind which "color and fantasy" are on display.

The nursery walls reveal the technological society's divorce from the natural world. The lions are blue, the panthers are lilac, and the antelopes are pink, colors these animals would not be in real life.

In other ways, the imagery of the nursery walls confuses nature. The hive of bees is described as "matted yellow," as if it has lion's fur, while the lion is described having a "bumble" of a purr, as if he is a bee. These are subtle alterations of reality, but nevertheless suggest the way technology distorts nature:

There was the sound like a great matted yellow hive of bees within a dark bellows, the lazy bumble of a purring lion.

The nursery's decor is significant because it might suggest that separation from the natural world left humans vulnerable to a holocaust.

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Ray Bradbury's short story "There Will Come Soft Rains" is about a high-tech house that continues its automated regimen despite the fact the humans who occupied the house have been destroyed in a nuclear attack.

The house basically runs the lives of the humans. It gets them up in the morning. It provides all the meals, washes the dishes, cleans the floors and even deals the cards for Bridge. When the children come home from school at four-thirty in the afternoon they are treated to scenes of a fantastical African wilderness with "blue lions, pink antelopes, lilac panthers cavorting in crystal substance" on the video screens of the nursery walls. It is similar to the lethal nursery wall in another Bradbury short story, "The Veldt."

Technology has even taken over the imaginations of the children. There is no reason to actually visit the outdoors or to fantasize, as children like to do. It's all in the walls. There's no need for them to actually be creative. The house provides for their every need.

Bradbury's story is a condemnation of how technology has come to control our lives. Despite the fact the story was published in 1960 it predicts the future quite well. Computers speak to us, robots clean and, of course, 3-D video screens entertain us.

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