There Will Come Soft Rains Questions and Answers
by Ray Bradbury

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Who are the gods who have gone away in the story "There Will Come Soft Rains"? 

The gods who have "gone away" in Bradbury's "There Will Come Soft Rains" are humans who enjoyed living in a technologically advanced house but who have likely been killed by a powerful form of technology, an atomic bomb.

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Ray Bradbury is known for having a very lyrical writing style, rich with the use of metaphor and poetic turns of phrases. "There Will Come Soft Rains" is no exception to this trend, and the passage in question reflects Bradbury's larger aesthetic style. Thus, in this story, Bradbury writes:

The house was an alter with ten thousand attendants, big, small, servicing, attending, in choirs. But the gods had gone away, and the ritual of the religion continued senselessly, uselessly.

This metaphor (invoking images of sacrality) expresses this story's central conceit. The house is an invention of human technology, built with the purpose of catering to human beings. However, it has survived the apparent destruction of its creators, and continues to exist in (what appears to be) a post-human world. Thus, even as it continues to run those old routines (according to the specifications of its former residents), those routines have lost their meaning (and so has the house, even if it is not aware of...

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