There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury

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What is the plot of "There Will Come Soft Rains"?

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Inspired by a poem of the same name by Sara Teasdale, Bradbury's story follows the fate of a house after a nuclear holocaust kills the family. It is the only house left standing.

The house is highly technological and takes cares of the family in every way. However, it is just a machine and has no way of knowing the people it has been designed to serve are no longer alive.

The story has no living human characters. It follows the house as it begins its day, makes breakfast, lets in the family's emaciated dog which dies, cleans up, sets up the bridge table⁠—and, ironically, reads out to the now-dead family Teasdale's poem. The house is personified (given human traits), and it senses that something is not right but has no other option but to go on with its daily cycle of tasks.

The narrative leads readers outside, where we see the imprint of the family, in the yard enjoying themselves when the bomb hit, reduced to an imprint on the side of the house.

At the end, nature takes over. A fire...

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