In "There Will Come Soft Rains," what effect does the final description of the house have on the reader?

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afi80fl eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This really is a personal question based on your own opinion, but if you need some help, here is what I recall about the end of that story.  The house is in shambles, after it was unable to sustain itself through a devastating fire.  Left in ruins, the only thing left was a faint voice from the computer that kept repeating the date.  I respond to it by feeling a bit sad, as a house with such incredible capabilities is no longer standing tall and beautiful.  Additionally, without the human help, the house is not able to maintain itself fully.  While there are always hot meals, poetry readings, and clean floors, it takes a human's touch to really keep the place going.

Susan Hurn eNotes educator| Certified Educator
In 'There Will Come Soft Rains' what effect does the final description of the house have on you the reader?

In 'There Will Come Soft Rains' what effect does the final description of the house have on you the reader?

The final destruction of the house, set against the eerie radioactive glow of the obliterated city, really emphasizes the tone and the theme of the story. Man, for all his superior intelligence, has created the technology to destroy himself. The mechanical voice repeating the date over and over has a truly chilling effect at the story's conclusion. Somehow, it seems to mock its creator.

MaudlinStreet eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with the theme of humankind destroying itself in the quest for technology advancement. I feel a sense of balance restored in the description however-as though nature has reasserted itself where humans have gone awry. It reminds me of the book The World Without Us, and to a lesser extent the series on Discovery (the names eludes me now) that takes a look at the world centuries after humankind has gone. While I too feel sadness and thinly veiled despair at the loss of something great, I think part of what Bradbury wants us to take from this story is that the world will forever endure, with or without us.

charcunning eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The house, at the end of the story, basically summarizes Bradbury's idea that technology will be the end of humans; we'll destroy ourselves.

The last view of the house, to me, serves as a warning; this makes me feel anxious and uneasy. The house, once so grand and "top of the line" has now gone completely haywire and is in shambles.

It makes me think of the Titanic--best of the best, and it still sunk anyway.

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