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There Will Come Soft Rains

The message behind Sara Teasdale's poem "There Will Come Soft Rains," which is quoted in Ray Bradbury's short story of the same name, can be summed up in the following lines: And not one will know...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2019 1:26 pm UTC

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Personification refers to the ascribing of human characteristics on non-human objects. Given that Ray Bradbury's "There Will Come Soft Rains" is centered around an automated house as its main...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2020 9:02 pm UTC

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Personification is a form of figurative language in which an author attributes human qualities to something that is not human. There is a great deal of personification in Ray Bradbury's short story...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2021 6:56 pm UTC

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The house is compared to an altar, and the house itself is a metaphor for the dangers of over-relying on technology. A metaphor is a common type of figurative language where something is referred...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2016 10:22 pm UTC

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When it comes to Ray Bradbury’s eerie short story “There Will Come Soft Rains,” there’s an abundance of imagery to discuss. In the first paragraph, imagery can be found in the sentence “The morning...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2021 3:22 pm UTC

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The very fact that Bradbury's story takes its title from Teasdale's poem serves as a powerful confirmation that the story is very much in conversation with it. Indeed, not only does Bradbury...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2021 11:48 pm UTC

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The final showdown, so to speak, between the mechanized house and the casual act of nature symbolizes the fact that nature is, without even trying to be, far more powerful than anything human...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2020 1:31 pm UTC

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One prominent literary device that Bradbury uses in “There Will Come Soft Rains” is symbolism. For example, consider how the dog who dies from radiation poisoning was once “huge and fleshy” and is...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2021 2:55 am UTC

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The house left standing after a nuclear war symbolizes the human worship of technology. In the story, the house is pictured as a god. For example, Bradbury writes: The house was an altar with ten...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2017 1:07 am UTC

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The biggest irony in “There Will Come Soft Rains” is that technology is supposed to make life easier for people, yet it has led to the destruction of the human race. The automated home demonstrates...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2020 10:34 am UTC

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On the broadest level, the main conflict of the story is human technology versus nature, but this can be understood more specifically as human pride coming into conflict with the natural world. The...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2020 11:14 am UTC

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In Ray Bradbury's short story "There Will Come Soft Rains," the completely automated smart home is the only structure still standing in the middle of a nuclear wasteland in Allendale, California....

Latest answer posted April 8, 2020 11:48 pm UTC

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In "There Will Come Soft Rains," the dog survives the nuclear blast but later dies of radiation sickness. Its body lies in the parlor for an hour and, by two o'clock, the "regiments" of mechanical...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2016 8:08 am UTC

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The west side of the house is burnt black except for five white spots. One of these spots is the silhouette of a woman bending to pick flowers "as in a photograph." Similes most often use "like" or...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2015 2:37 am UTC

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The main message of this story could differ from reader to reader, and the story contains multiple themes. Themes can lead readers toward choosing a particular message, but a story's theme and...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2018 7:18 pm UTC

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The breakfast stove churns out a lovely breakfast for the people who are no longer there, and a while later, it disposes of the food, which has been left uneaten. The narrator says that "hot water...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2019 10:31 am UTC

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The spots of paint are all that is left of the people who lived in the house. There are no people alive to tell the story in “There Will Come Soft Rains.” There has been some kind of recent...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2016 5:19 pm UTC

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In Ray Bradbury's dystopian short story "There Will Come Soft Rains," a single house is left standing in the year 2026, after an atomic blast kills the inhabitants of the house and the rest of the...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2019 11:54 pm UTC

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I agree with mrs-campbell and would like to expand upon her answer a bit more. I must say that after scouring the story, I could find no new examples of personification because she mentioned them...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2015 11:48 pm UTC

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As the previous educators have noted, the house is destroyed by a fire after a tree branch goes through the kitchen window, knocking a bottle of cleaning solvent onto the stovetop. What is really...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2020 9:35 am UTC

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The author describes the nursery as a place that feels alive with animals and insects and plant life. The floor is woven to feel like a "crisp, cereal meadow," and the walls teem with moving films...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2019 10:25 am UTC

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Mood is the emotion caused by reading the poem. A poem might be sad, happy, excited, passionate, or mourning, just like a person. Any mood that a person has can be found in poetry. This little...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2016 7:54 pm UTC

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Ray Bradbury's short story, "The Veldt," explores the results of parents who spoil their children and rely on technology to take the place of family. In this story, George and Lydia Hadley have...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2018 2:00 pm UTC

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Bradbury's story is set in an empty house. All the humans who once lived in it have been killed, but the house, which behaves almost as a human character, continues functioning as if the owners are...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2018 11:31 pm UTC

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Since the story is so short, there isn't much time to slip a whole lot of foreshadowing in, but, Bradbury does manage it. Take a look at the first line. Right in the first line of the story, it...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2009 6:24 am UTC

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For approximately the first two-thirds of Ray Bradbury's "There Will Come Soft Rains," the story is organized chronologically, as the "voice-clock" sings out the time of day. At seven, it is time...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2016 4:39 pm UTC

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Bradbury personifies the technologically advanced smart home by describing its voice, eyes, and behaviors. The empty automated home is the last remaining house in a city of rubble and ashes...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2019 5:40 pm UTC

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The rain signifies nature's way or function of cleansing itself. And, following this nuclear explosion and the decimation of the human population, there is the sense that nature is cleansing itself...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2016 3:46 pm UTC

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Ray Bradbury is known for having a very lyrical writing style, rich with the use of metaphor and poetic turns of phrases. "There Will Come Soft Rains" is no exception to this trend, and the passage...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2020 7:03 pm UTC

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The family-two parents, a son, and a daughter are dead as a result of an atomic bomb blast. The only thing that remains of them are five splotches against the house. The family dog arrives at the...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2007 6:11 am UTC

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In this story, a house goes on functioning for awile and then "dies" in a fire after all the human inhabitants are killed in a nuclear war. Similes likening the house to nature, magic and children...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2016 8:47 pm UTC

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I would describe the tone of this story as lyrical or poetic. The "soft" in the title indicates this. The lyrical, gentle tone provides an ironic juxtaposition to a story of nuclear destruction....

Latest answer posted October 10, 2016 12:52 pm UTC

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Although we know that the family plays outside in the yard—as images of them throwing a ball, picking flowers, and otherwise engaging in outdoors activities is etched on the wall of the house after...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2019 9:13 pm UTC

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The ticking noise represents the technology and the impact it has had on the house as time passes. Something terrible happened in this story that turned the people into nothing but spots in paint....

Latest answer posted May 24, 2016 4:12 am UTC

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The house serves to provide friendly reminders that mirror the family's movements throughout the day. First, it provides a welcoming invitation to rise from bed at 7 a.m. A few moments later, it...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2020 1:04 am UTC

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I think that what you are asking is whether or not There Will Come Soft Rains has a moral to it? Yes, yes it does! The story by Bradbury as well as the poem by Teasdale (both with the same title)...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2009 2:04 pm UTC

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Ray Bradbury has taken the title of this story from a poem called "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Sara Teasdale. In her poem, Teasdale creates a peaceful and idyllic world in birds and frogs live...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2016 3:24 pm UTC

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An allusion is a reference in a piece of literature to another work of writing or to a cultural or historical event. The main allusion is to Sara Teasdale's poem "There Will Come Soft Rains." Part...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2020 12:56 am UTC

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In "There Will Come Soft Rains," the house is an unthinking, emotionless machine, so the story's mood stays, for the most part, as being matter-of-fact. However, in the moments leading up to the...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2016 4:34 pm UTC

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The house was inhabited by a family of four before the nuclear blast killed them. The house in the story is fully automated. Its job is to take care of its family, which consists of a mother, a...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2016 3:23 pm UTC

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At first glance, Bradbury seems to portray a positive view of the future. In his version of the future, people have an easier life because technology has taken over all of our domestic chores. The...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2018 8:46 am UTC

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There are several similarities between the stories “There Will Come Soft Rains” and “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury. First of all, both houses seem to have a creepy nursery that projects pictures and...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2016 8:50 pm UTC

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The title of Sara Teasdale's poem "There Will Come Soft Rains" symbolically represents the restorative power of nature and the natural environment's ability to purify itself over time. The soft...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2020 12:26 pm UTC

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This story gets its title from Sara Teasdale's poem of the same name. In the story, the mechanical (nearly sentient) house asks Mrs. McClellan, presumably the woman of the house, what poem she...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2013 4:43 pm UTC

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Bradbury uses imagery in describing the dead humans as spots of paint. Imagery is descriptive language that literally paints a picture in the reader’s mind. This mental picture is created with...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2013 3:26 am UTC

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Readers are not specifically told what has happened to any of the homes in the neighborhood. We are told that the house in the story "stood alone." The rest of the city is complete rubble, and only...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2018 12:30 am UTC

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In this story, Bradbury shows how humans will be the agents of our own destruction. The narrator describes a house that does everything for its owners, all on its own. It cooks, it cleans, it reads...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2019 5:54 pm UTC

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One of the clearest themes in "There Will Come Soft Rains" is the theme of death. Notice how the death of the McClellan family (and of humans, more generally) is never made explicitly clear in the...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2017 8:38 am UTC

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In Ray Bradbury's short story "There Will Come Soft Rains," the house is designed to perform every function that a servant would perform. It takes care of all domestic chores like cooking and...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2017 2:11 am UTC

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Bradbury's futuristic short story, "There Will Come Soft Rains," presents a world in which the quotidian humanity has been removed. For, it is the technologically-advanced house that expresses...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2011 3:02 am UTC

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