A Possible Future

After reading through Ray Bradbury ‘s ” August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains”(1950), it gave me the view of one of the many possible futures that our world may have. In the story as the title says it is August 2026 which is obviously in the future since it hasn’t occurred yet and the story starts you off in a house going through the regular routine of the home owner. It goes through the usual schedule that has been set for it and everything in the house is done automatically. There isn’t a point in the story where any people were mentioned that are currently living in the house, though I would be surprised if anyone was willing to live in the house considering where the house is at right now and what the surrounding area currently as mentioned in the story ” The house stood alone in a city of rubble and ashes. This was the one house left standing. At night the ruined city gave off a radioactive glow which could be seen for miles” (Bradbury 1). Noticing the word “radioactive” already gave me the idea of what caused this destruction along with the time of when the story was written, I had already be assumed what led to Bradbury to writing this story was because of the dropping of the atomic bomb since 5 years before the story was written there two atomic bombs that were dropped in Japan which were known as the fat man and the little boy. As to how the story could be a possible future technology wise; technology from when it first began compared to where it is now had advanced pretty far. The story shows us the one of the many consequences of technological advancements, not only does it aid in the creation of things that can benefit mankind, but it can also lead to our own end with the house as a representation how our progress. “Fire!” Screamed the voice. The house lights flashed, water pumps shot water from the ceilings. But the solvent spread on the linoleum, licking, eating, under the kitchen door, while the voices took it up in chorus: “Fire, fire , fire!” (Bradbury 3). This line can easily represent our fall. With our technological advancements we build everything with the aid of machines that we have created. With that same technological advancements we have also created weapons of mass destruction which can easily destroy. The house itself can be a representation of how far technology has progressed, but the fire that is also destroying the home that was built can represent the weapons that were able to create due to the same advancements in technology with the house mirroring technological advancements and the fire representing the advancements in weapons which were made the same way.

As a side note while Bradbury’s dystopia stories are just assumptions of what the future may be like, it isn’t exactly entirely wrong considering that North Korea has nuclear weapons. Much like how Allendale, California was nuked in Bradbury’s story we may possibly end up being nuke as well considering the hostilities between the United States and North Korea according to the video recorded.


2 thoughts on “A Possible Future

  1. Nickolas

    I agree. The innovation and advancement of technology will someday lead to the extinction of humanity in the near future. It’s already a possibility with North Korea’s weapons tests and their threats to launch bombs or missiles.

  2. Sebastian Garzon

    I agree on how technology has advanced that it helps humanity but it can very much destroy us as well. I like how you also post a link to prove your point of how war can cause this destruction since we are having international issues with North Korea.


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