In “August 2026:There Will Come Soft Rains” (1950) by Ray Bradbury is a story about the life in the future in 76 years later from now from 1950. In the future a house can do all your chores, cleaning, cooking, you name it, it shall be done! The only downside is that the setting of the world is post-apocalyptic because “The house stood alone in city of rubber and ashes” this house is only thing not destroyed in the middle of the city that in ruins. Whether human life still walks on this planet is questionable.
Is there still human life on this Planet? We don’t know if there still human life on the planet, but we do know animals still living on the planet. When house acted on“How carefully it had inquired, “Who goes there? What’s the password?” and, getting no answer from lonely foxes and whining cats..(page2)” This mean there still animal like foxes or cats that roaming outside the house, so this show signs of life on the planet. When bird fly next to the house’s window the automatic machine responses with “If sparrow brushed a window, the shade snapped up. The bird, startled, flew off! No, not even a bird must touch the house!” This show still bird roaming the skies and still alive. Then the house “A dog whined, shivering, on the front porch.The front door recognized the dog voice and opened.(page 2)” The house automatic opens it door for the dog that maybe belong to master of the house at one point in time, so dog may belong to master house and still living for now. We can conclude there still life on this planet because their still dog, cats, bird, and foxes still are around, so we can assuming there still human life on the planet because the planet still can sustain life.
Base on the story, we can build some information about this house and it owners. The house is basically automatic, it do chores for you, but the owner are no longer there base this text evidences “But the gods had gone away, and the ritual of the religion continued senselessly, uselessly.” They referred the owners of the house as gods, and the ritual of religion is the chores, so the house is empty no human live there. When the house activated the garden sprinklers it mentioned “The five spots of paint-the man, the woman, the children, the ball-remained(page 1)” this mean a family father, mother, son, and daughter lived in that house at one point in time possibly. The owner may have owned a dog because ““A dog whined, shivering, on the front porch.The front door recognized the dog voice and opened.(page 2)” At nine o’clock, the house ask the master for which poem “Mrs. McClellan, which poem would you like this evening?” this mean the owner last name was McClellan and married person because “Mrs.” This concludes that this house belong to a owners with name “Mrs. McClellan” and it was family of father, mother, son, and daughter lived there.
First I want say “Rest in Peace” for the house that continue it duty even when the masters of the house was no longer there. It very dark to imagine a post-apocalyptic setting for the story, and this one house remain intact in the middle of a city of rubber and ashes. Overall, I do question why a house that so far in technology that can do all house chores and cooking got destroyed by falling tree because I imagined the house should’ve been hardened steel surrendering it, but I guess people in past never imagine that far into future how things can change. This setting remind me of games like “Nier Automata” and “Fallout series” because they had post-apocalyptic setting as well. The video game lover can imagine the world of post-apocalyptic like those games.