There Will Come Soft Rains Questions and Answers
by Ray Bradbury

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What does the house say before the fire in "There Wilil Come Soft Rains"?

Before the fire starts, the house reads Sara Teasdale's poem, "There Will Come Soft Rains." This, and all of the house's utterances before that point, are examples of dramatic irony, which occurs when readers have information that characters do not. The house speaks to its residents as if they are alive, while readers know they have died. The house's mundane reminders to the residents are no longer relevant.

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Right before the fire, the house, hearing nothing from the deceased former inhabitants, randomly chooses and reads Sara Teasdale's poem, "There Will Come Soft Rains." The poem's themethe indifference of nature to human existenceis identical to the story's theme and foreshadows the fire to come that will destroy the house.

The lines in the poem shown below state the story's theme or main idea:

Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
If...

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