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How can "There Will Come Soft Rains" and "The Veldt" by Ray Bradbury be compared?

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One main difference between “There Will Come Soft Rains” and “The Veldt” is that in the first story, technology has wiped out humankind, whereas in “The Veldt,” technology has merely killed Mr. and Mrs. Hadley. In both stories, however, technology has gone out of control and is no longer serving humankind well.

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There are several similarities between the stories “There Will Come Soft Rains” and “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury. First of all, both houses seem to have a creepy nursery that projects pictures and scenes on the walls for the children to enjoy.  The houses have similar technological advances where dinners are cooked, robots clean, and every convenience is provided for its occupants.  No one has to lift a finger in the homes; everything is done for them.

In addition, both stories have the same theme of how technology runs wild and ultimately destroys these families and society. In “There Will Come Soft Rains," the very technology that serves its people destroys them in a nuclear war. In “The Veldt," the children program the nursery to destroy their parents who threaten to turn off the technology and close the nursery and house because of how they are affecting the children. Both of the societies in these two stories have given up their lives for convenience and advanced technology, and in both cases, the technologies become destructive forces.

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Compare and contrast "There Will Come Soft Rains" and "The Veldt" by Ray Bradbury.

In both "There Will Come Soft Rains" and "The Veldt," families have built homes that are meant to cater to their every want and need, and neither home functions in the way that it was meant to do. In "There Will Come Soft Rains," a falling tree limb breaks a window and shatters a bottle of cleaner, igniting a fire. A random and minor natural occurrence results in the total destruction of the home, a miracle of imagination and engineering. In "The Veldt," Peter and Wendy Hadley manipulate the nursery of their family's ironically named Happylife Home so that it murders their parents, who have, only lately, begun to discipline them, much to the children's displeasure.

In "There Will Come Soft Rains," only this one house remains standing near "a city of rubble and ashes" from which a "radioactive glow" gleams at night. The silhouettes of the family that once lived there, we can presume, have been formed by some kind of blast that has blackened the outside wall of the home, except for the places where their bodies' shapes can be traced. They have been, it seems, killed by whatever explosion caused the radioactive glow. Thus, the story reads like a warning about what happens when we become too reliant on technology, when we fail to recognize that we cannot control nature no matter how powerful we believe we become.

In "The Veldt," it is the spoiled and corrupted Hadley children, their characters ruined by having been given everything so that they've never learned to appreciate anything, that cause the tragedy. George and Lydia Hadley allowed the house to parent their children rather than doing the hard work themselves, and this has resulted in children who are ungrateful and selfish and who do not value anything besides their own wishes and wants. Thus, the story reads like a warning about what happens when parents fail to set boundaries for their children and, perhaps, use technology to parent them rather than doing the parenting themselves.

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What are the differences between the Ray Bradbury stories "There Will Come Soft Rains" and "The Veldt"?

In both these Bradbury stories, technology has run out of control so that humans are no longer running their own lives. The chief difference, however, is while in "There Will Come Soft Rains" technology has wiped out humankind through a nuclear war, in "The Veldt," humanity is still humming along, even if Mr. and Mrs. Hadley have been killed.

"There Will Come Soft Rains" shows the limits of technology: First, too much technology triggers a catastrophic war, but beyond that, the remaining piece of technology, an automatic house, quickly goes awry without humans to control its technological features. Although the house seems human and is treated as a character in the story, its absurdity becomes apparent as it tries to tend to a family that no longer exists. And in the end, nature is stronger than the house, destroying it through fire.

"The Veldt" shows technology running amok: the nursery takes over the parental role in a devastating away, destroying the parents of Peter and Wendy. What was designed to make human life easier turns it into a nightmare. It may be that the nursery will turn on Mr. McClean and the children as it has on the parents, but at the end of the story, we don't know that. Unlike in the first story, the nursery's action seems to be a lone act.

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