Hello all, this week we read “There Will Come Soft Rain” and watched a short film on it. The story features a post apocalyptic futuristic house that is self functioning for human use. We soon see that humans no longer inhabit the house since they have all perished in war. What I found to be the most interesting was how the house seemed to portray and explain the themes in this story.
The functions of the automated home shows us how humanity’s war is trivial to nature and machine. For example the story depicts the house constantly cleaning, cooking and trying to entertain it’s deceased owners. When the house attempts to entertain Mrs.Mclealen it recites a poem called “Their will come soft Rains”. The line that shows us how nature does not care for war is
“And not one will know of the war, not one will care at last when it is done…. And spring herself, when she woke at dawn would scarcely know that we were gone.”
This quote here explains how nature will continue to grow and stand strong, way beyond humanity’s death. I find irony in the fact that the house is the one reading this poem, because it also still stands perfect protecting the interior and doing its daily activities. This shows us that while the home is advanced and perfect it will mean nothing when humans are no longer there. While humans are gone the house continues doing its chores and show no acknowledgedment to its owner’s who had died. The house follows a set of changes almost like nature would in its seasons, and it will continue with or without humans.
The house now taken the role of nature when we see it use robotic animals. We first see it in “Out of the warens in the wall, tiny robot mice darted. The room was acrawl with small cleaning animals,”.The rats rigorous cleaning shows as a choir but when we see to the extent that it goes we get more of a sense of nature. “Delicately sensing the decay at last, the regiments of mice hummed out as softly as blown gray leaves in an electrical wind. Two fifteen. The dog was gone.” While it may just be cleaning I saw it more as the decomposing of the animal. The very fact the house maintains that level of of cleanliness even after the dog dies shows no interest in what happens and only to strive.
The house also makers the appearance of animals in the children’s room.
“Four thirty.The nursery walls glowed. Animals took shape: yellow giraffes, blue lions pink antelopes, lilac panthers cavorting in crystal substance”.
This imitation of nature was for entertainment, but the fact that the children are no longer there and it still shows religiously must imply that the house has taken on the role of nature.