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by Ray Bradbury

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

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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 city of Allendale, California. The short story presents a clear warning against the current disastroous trajectory of society. As civilization advances, technology advances within it, creating systems such as "smart homes" that actually exist today (something that only thirty years ago would have been considered a work of science fiction ). The home that is described in the short story is only a more advanced manifestation of the smart homes that exist today. The bombs that destroy Allendale are unspecified, but they certainly mirror the bombs that exist today that have the capability of wiping out entire cities. Devoid of human life, the smart appliances of the home continue to go about their daily tasks, unaware of the death and carnage around them, until the house catches fire and burns to...

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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?