What literary devices are used in "There Will Come Soft Rains"?

The most prominent literary device "There Will Come Soft Rains" is personification, while other literary devices such as onomatopoeia and simile heighten the reader's ability to see the house in motion and better comprehend its eventual destruction.

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One prominent literary device that Bradbury uses in “There Will Come Soft Rains” is symbolism. For example, consider how the dog who dies from radiation poisoning was once “huge and fleshy” and is now boney “and covered with sores.” This one dog’s rapid, grotesque death symbolizes the devastating impacts nuclear warfare has on living things.

The house is also a symbol of man-made machines, and how they are unable to replicate human emotions. Consider how the dog is clearly hungry and sickly and how the house has the ability to care for it. The house was programmed to make food for humans, but it is unable to change its program and feed the dog. The house also rapidly cleans up after the dog and disposes of it. These actions are efficient, but they are void of the compassion and respect that humans express for deceased creatures. In this way, the house symbolizes technology’s inability to replace human life. In addition, recall how the fire destroys the house in the end....

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