There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury

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What's the tone of "There Will Come Soft Rains"?  

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The tone of a story is the mood it conveys. This story by Ray Bradbury evokes a mood of sadness and anxiety. We are made anxious because the domestic routines of the house go on with the evident—and at first mysterious—absence of the home's family. We are saddened as we realize that this is because the family has been killed in a nuclear attack.

Bradbury uses imagery—description using the five senses—to convey a tone or mood of anxiety and futility. For example, we are made anxious by the absence of the family in the following images of inedible and wasted eggs and toast:

At eight-thirty the eggs were shrivelled and the toast was like stone. An aluminium wedge scraped them into the sink, where hot water whirled them down a metal throat which digested and flushed them away to the distant sea.

We are later made anxious by the house catching on fire with no human intelligence to intervene:

The house shuddered, oak bone on bone, its bared skeleton cringing from the heat, its wire, its...

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