What is the symbolism of the water in the short story "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury?I have to do a literary analysis paper on the symbol of water in the story, and I don't...

What is the symbolism of the water in the short story "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury?

I have to do a literary analysis paper on the symbol of water in the story, and I don't understand the symbolism in the water.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Water is one of nature's elements, and it provides a source of life support for the house and its family. It is used for cleansing, drinking and watering the plants outside. It also serves as a source of protection, as we find when the house responds to the fire within. But the water proves to be no match for the destructive power of fire--another of nature's forces. In a world that has used technological advancements for comfort, such as in the house, it is this same technology which has destroyed the town and its people, leaving only the single house standing. In the end, however, it is nature's elements which fight against each other over the house. The sprinkler system and the water-spouting mice attempt to save the house, and perhaps they would have succeeded except for the draining of the house's water reserves. Water, a combative enemy of fire, can be a deterrent to flames; but unlike fire, which only grows stronger and hotter as it spreads, water sources have its limits. Like the Sara Teasdale poem of the same title, the water of soft rains

Would scarcely know that we were gone.

 

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