Why does this setting make "There Will Come Soft Rains" effective?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The setting of an automated house, filled with technological advances designed to make life easier, but with no human life inhabiting is a ominous image of the future.  The house is representative of technology and its limitless nature.  The setting is one that represents the zenith of human advancement.  However, while this is present, it stands amongst the ruins of what presumable would be human destruction.  While the technology makes life easier and more bearable, it does not address the fundamental human issue of why death and destruction results.  The setting reminds the reader of this fundamental paradox that exists in modern society.  Given the time of writing with the emergence of the atomic age, Bradbury's setting is one that raises questions about both the capacity for greatness in human beings and the capacity for unspeakable horror.  The setting of the house and the backdrop of a post- apocalyptic world where life is nonexistent is one that causes the reader to reflect about where society is and where it is going, making it quite an effective setting.

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