There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury

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In "There Will Come Soft Rains," what literary device does Bradbury use most when he relates to the house?  

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I agree with mrs-campbell and would like to expand upon her answer a bit more.  I must say that after scouring the story, I could find no new examples of personification because she mentioned them all (and even included a couple that weren't exactly personification).  However, just because they are mentioned, doesn't mean they are explained.  My answer will explain how each example is an example of the literary element of personification.

First, when the stove "gave a hissing sigh."  This specifically refers to the house as a person.  A stove cannot make the sound of a sigh, only a person can.  And that sign often can mean boredom or resentment, but definitely something negative (and nothing good).

Second, the house mechanics are focused upon when the "tapes glided...

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Satire (humorous writing intended to point out errors, falsehood, foibles, or failings)

The writer intended to point out the errors in humanity that one day the technology we create were surpass us and ultimately destroy us

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