There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury

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What are the metaphors in the story by Ray Bradbury,"There Will Come Soft Rains?"

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The house, which continues to function after its inhabitants have been vaporized in a nuclear holocaust, is described in personifying metaphors, such as "it had shut up its windows and drawn shades in an old maidenly preoccupation with self-protection."  On the day the story begins, the house "quivered at each sound, the house did."  After a period of continuing to function mechanically, the narrator describes the house as becoming more and more sensitized to its isolation and reacting fearfully, like an old woman on her own.

The impending metaphoric death of the house begins with the line "At ten o'clock the house began to die."  Somewhere, sighing, a pump shrugged to a stop."  Though the house is fully mechanized and programmed for the family's needs, this is metaphoric language since houses do not actually live, nor do pumps signal their indifference or resignation. 

At the story's end, a single wall stands to witness the house's destruction.  Its...

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