What is Bradbury's main purpose in "There Will Come Soft Rains"?

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price7781 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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Bradbury’s main purpose in writing the short story “There Will Come Soft Rains” is to warn his readers about their overuse of technology. The houses in this society that do everything for their families, from fixing breakfast to making sure they get to appointments on time, is representative of how we have allowed technology to run our lives. We’ve become so reliant on technology that it becomes impossible to be self-sufficient. However, Bradbury’s message runs much deeper. The people in this society have been destroyed by a nuclear war. No one remains to take advantage of the technology they invented. The irony lies in the fact that the very technology that humans created also destroyed them. Bradbury’s story is a cautionary tale about giving technology too much power in one’s life.

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In my opinion, the main purpose of this story is to warn people of the dangers of relying too much on technology.

In the society in the story, people have come to rely on technology for everything.  The house that we hear about takes care of its inhabitants in every possible way.  They really do not have to do anything anymore.  At the same time, the people have also come to have too much military technology.  This technology is what ends up destroying the whole city (and maybe the whole society).

So Bradbury is saying that people have devised too much technology and have come to rely on it too much.

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What part of modern civilization survives the death of human life in Bradbury's story? What is the significance of the survival of that one things, in this account of a human home and a nuclear holocaus?