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There Will Come Soft Rains

by Ray Bradbury

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Why does the house continue its activity even when it no longer makes sense?

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In Bradbury's story "There Will Come Soft Rains," the house continues its activity even when the family members have died and no one is living in it any longer, because that is what it has been programmed to do. The senselessness of the house's activity highlights some central themes of the story, particularly the themes of the destructiveness and limitations of technology. The fact that the house is left standing and carrying on its activity even after all the humans in the story have died in a nuclear blast demonstrates the destructive nature of technology and illustrates the fear that technology may come to have more power or impact than human beings. However, this situation also highlights the limitations of technology, because the activity that the house is left carrying on is senseless and absurd with no people around to utilize it.

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A main theme of "There Will Come Soft Rains," which I believe is the story you have in mind, is that technology should serve humankind, not vice versa. In this story, technology has gotten the upper hand, and humans have used it to destroy themselves.

The house continues it activity after its owners have been killed because it is simply a programmed piece of machinery. Even though it has been designed to seem like a human being—to talk, to sing, to clean up, to keep a schedule—it is simply a mindless, soulless piece of technology. It has no idea that its owners have died. It simply does what its circuits tell it to do. Bradbury is showing that without humans to live in it, this piece of technology has no point. 

Bradbury advocates in this story for the sensible use of technology. At the time it was written, the atomic bomb was relatively new, and many feared that a nuclear war would destroy civilization. Bradbury's story is a warning to control our technology before it is too late. 

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