There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury

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

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One could argue that Bradbury's main purpose for writing "There Will Come Soft Rains" is to warn readers about the dual nature of technology and illustrate how technology cannot save humanity. In an ever-increasing technical society, citizens have become dependent on technology to make their lives easier.

Despite the many advantages of technology, it can also be used for destructive purposes, like developing nuclear weapons capable of annihilating nations. Throughout the short story, the house's amazing technical feats are juxtaposed against the destructive nature of nuclear bombs to emphasize the dual nature of technology.

Bradbury also warns humans that despite our technical capabilities, we are in charge of how we choose to utilize our technology. While humans can develop technology 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?