Tick-tock, seven o’clock, time to get up, time to get up, seven o’clock! (Page 1 Paragraph 1) You would of thought as the family was about to get ready for day of work but you would be wrong. This is a story of life after nuclear war and how technology will continue to exist even as all mankind doesn’t. While it dose not say no one lives there you see “The five spots of paint- the man, the woman, the children, the ball remained. The rest was a thin charcoaled layer.”You see all sorts of animals that survived the rats, snakes and the family dog but no signs of human life.Its nine oclock and a voice asked what poem would you like to and no in the house responds. So the voice picks Mrs. McClellan, favorite the first line reads “There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground” This is the first sign of nuclear war when the bomb dropped in Japan the first thing they saw was a yellow cloud with rain falling out of it and then the people started smelling human flesh burning. Albert Enistien said it best when “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” Nuclear war is something that humans will not survive but our houses will. The lawn will keep getting watered, the food will still be cooked and dishes would be washed without the help of mankind. “Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree, if mankind perished utterly;” (Page 3 line 8) The house still recognized the dog and let in the mice still ran around the house as they didn’t need humans to survive.
There is still one thing that technology cant do and survive from natural disasters.The wind blew. A failing tree bough crashed through the kitchen window. Cleaning solvent, bottled, shattered over the stove. The room was ablaze in an instant! (Page 3 Paragraph 5) The irony that to take out mankind it took t another mankind creation but to take out the house and the animals inside it took a natural disaster. This story was written in 1950 and that was the Cold War an the arms race was beginning. The fear was that a nuclear war would take us out. You would think after 70 years we would learn but as George Santayana said “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” Today with the threat of Nuclear War we might be living in world where are alarm clocks would be ringing and no one would answer it . The last line in the story to me is the strongest line “Today is August 5, 2026, today is August 5, 2026, today is…” This shows that even after the worst happens the days will continue without without you. This is something people overlook when civilization comes to end a new one will rise without your help. Amit Rays says it perfectly “Earth is the play ground of our children and their children. We cannot allow it to be the play ground of the nuclear arms of the evil forces.”