There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury

There Will Come Soft Rains book cover
Start Your Free Trial

What are the allusions in "There Will Come Soft Rains"?

Expert Answers info

Coty Baumbach eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2016

write965 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

An allusion is a reference to a well known person, place, event, literary work, or work of art. There are three important allusions in Ray Bradbury's short story "There Will Come Soft Rains." First, Bradbury alludes to the atomic bomb blast at Hiroshima in 1945 when he reveals that the images of four people and a ball have been imprinted in charcoal on one wall of the automated house:

The entire west face of the house was black, save for five places. Here the silhouette in paint of a man mowing a lawn. Here, as in a photograph, a woman bent to pick flowers. Still farther over, their images burned on wood in one titanic instant, a small boy, hands flung into the air; higher up, the image of a thrown ball, and opposite him a girl, hands raised to...

(The entire section contains 397 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial