Nature vs Technology

The story “August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury speaks in my opinion to how man and technology are once working together for a purpose but if one, in this case, man are taken out of the equation there is no purpose after all. In the story the house, being a sort of protagonist in this story, is filled with technology which is supposed to make life easier for it’s tenants. The house begins announcing the date and time in the beginning of the story and throughout, stating “today is August 4, 2026” (Bradbury 1). This can be seen as a repetitive notion which is announced everyday. The house is suppose to be helping it’s tenants get ready for work, get the house clean afterwards and make sure it is ready for the time they come back.

There is one problem with this situation though, there are no tenants. So the question raised is, is there a purpose to all of this if there is no one to enjoy the perks and hard work of the house? It is similar to the saying of “if a try falls in an empty forest and no one is there to hear it, does is it still make a sound? Technology is great and in many ways makes our lives easier but there is still mankind needed for certain things. The way mechanical life is able to continue with daily routine makes it seem as if it would be okay without humans to get to enjoy what the house is able to do, but at the end of the story as with everything, there is death and destruction.

At the end of the story there is a great destruction of the house by fire, a fire started by a tree falling down. This tree being representing natural life, the house still representing mechanical life. The fire and house fight till the death, once coming back and punching the other. The house making its final attempts to put out the fire with all the tricks it knows. At the end the house is consumed by flames and there is nothing but a wall standing at the end. This single wall is still able, like the beginning, to tell you the date saying, “today is August 5, 2026 (Bradbury 4), repeating this over and over again. In this case the fire (nature) consumed the entire house with its fury, one can say it won after all, but what can be said about the wall still standing from the house, so who won after wall.

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