Tragic times

The article “August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury starts off with the narrator describing the morning rituals of a house waking up. The time period was set much into the future as the year is 2026 and many technological indications of the future were made. Much of the house was automated in a way, and things happened on schedule regardless. The surrounding area and city around the house has seem to be destroyed by some type of nuclear war as indicated in the line “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, Page 1, Paragraph 7). The indication of the city being destroyed and reduced to rubble as well as the narrator stating that the city gave off a radioactive glow strongly indicates that a nuclear war may have happened. The narrator describes a boy throwing a ball high up into the air, and also a girl across from him attempting to catch the ball painted on the wall. The ball may have never come down because of the nuclear explosion that may have happened at that time.

Reading through, the reader learns about what happens in the house at specific times during the day. From the given information as well as the fact that the city was destroyed, it seems that no one is currently living in the house but all the activities are still taking place regardless. Other indications of a nuclear type war would be, “The dog, once huge and fleshy, but now gone to bone and covered with sores, moved in and through the house, tracking mud” (Bradbury, Page 2, Paragraph 4). This shows that the dog may be suffering from exposure to radiation from a nuclear war. Clearly since the dog is showing such ill effects from the radiation, the house is not inhabitable at this time. Regularly scheduled events that happen every day still happened, such as breakfast being made and the garage opening to reveal the car to whoever used to live there. This article shows how much damage people can do to each other. A nuclear war destroyed a thriving town forever.

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