What mood is created by the setting?Ray Bradbury's "There Will Come Soft Rains"

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The automated house is the setting of Ray Bradbury's story, "There Will Come Soft Rains."  In fact, the house is such an important setting that it becomes the central character, as well.  While there have been many books, movies, and television shows about the end of the world, most of these have a horrific tone to them.  However, Bradbury's story does not convey this mood.  Instead, the mood is also an automated response.  It is the indifference of nature to man as expressed in Sara Teasdale's poem that the house broadcasts:

There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,...

And frogs in the pools singing at night,

And wild plum trees in tremulous white;

...And not one will know of the war, not one

Will care at last shen it is done.

Not one would mind, neither bird, nor tree,

If mankind perished utterly....

Despite the nuclear disaster, the sun comes up in the sky:  "Dawn showed faintly in the east."  The mood of Bradbury's story is one devoid of all emotion.  The machines continue on; man is dead.

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