What is the main theme of "There Will Come Soft Rains"?

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The short story “There Will Come Soft Rains” is a commentary by Ray Bradbury on the destructiveness of technology. The society in the story has let technology take over daily life because it is efficient and convenient. The house in the story does everything for its family, including...

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The short story “There Will Come Soft Rains” is a commentary by Ray Bradbury on the destructiveness of technology. The society in the story has let technology take over daily life because it is efficient and convenient. The house in the story does everything for its family, including cooking breakfast and reciting the family’s favorite poetry.  Unfortunately, the society in the short story has been destroyed by a nuclear war, leaving only one house in the city standing. The house slowly starts to self-destruct as a fire ravages it at the end of the story. 

Bradbury’s ultimate message in the story shows the irony of letting technology take over our lives. The technology that society loved so much for taking care of them is the very same technology that destroys them in a nuclear war. Thematically, Bradbury cautions his readers in this story as well as in other stories like Fahrenheit 451 and “The Veldt” that they need to beware of becoming too dependent on and obsessed with technology. 

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