Reading Response #5: “There Will Come Soft Rains”

“There Will Come Soft Rain” made me feel for a mechanical house like I would for another human being. Ray Bradbury describes this futuristic house in such great detail by breaking down its daily routine which included serving breakfast to former residents,  to keeping the house clean with robotic life size mice. But Ray Bradbury also made me feel as though the house was a living being but had no emotion because it stuck to its everyday routine.

Other than taking care of the family that once resided at house every second of the day, the house was programmed to take charge of itself. In this scene, the house is described as protecting itself by asking for the password to enter, but the author describes the house as if it’s paranoid, “Who goes there? What’s the password?” and, getting no answer from lonely foxes and whining cats, it had shut up its windows and drawn shades in an old maidenly preoccupation with self-protection which bordered on a mechanical paranoia (Bradbury, pg.2). Being that this house is functioning on a computer system, it’s no way it can develop a paranoid responds to the outside environment, but with author detail description tries to make me believe it was more than simply a home.

In this scene, you find out that the former family had a dog that survived and the house welcome it in. The family dog cried and whinnied as it searched for its family for two hours in the house before it died. I believe the author showed the cold routine side of the house, “The dog frothed at the mouth, lying at the door, sniffing, its eyes turned to fire. It ran wildly in circles, biting at its tail, spun in a frenzy, and died. It lay in the parlor for an hour. Two o’clock, sang a voice. Delicately sensing decay at last, the regiments of mice hummed out as softly as blown gray leaves in an electrical wind. Two-fifteen. The dog was gone. In the cellar, the incinerator glowed suddenly and a whirl of sparks leaped up the chimney (Bradbury, pg.2). First the house shows a faults scene of being paranoid by the author describing, but get rid of the family dog like a piece a trash based on routine system.

During the final hour of the house existence, the house was set a blazed. The house tried its best to save itself and family that didn’t exist, but towards the end the house died.  During this scene, the author descried the house like human being burned alive. This is where I felt the author truly gave the house life while taking it away, “The house shuddered, oak bone on bone, its bared skeleton cringing from the heat, its wire, its nerves revealed as if a surgeon had torn the skin off to let the red veins and capillaries quiver in the scalded air. Help, help! Fire! Run, run! Heat snapped mirrors like the brittle winter ice. And the voices wailed Fire, fire, run, run, like a tragic nursery rhyme, a dozen voices, high, low, like children dying in a forest, alone, alone. And the voices fading as the wires popped their sheathings like hot chestnuts. One, two, three, four, five voices died (Bradbury, pg.4). The author also used word Died to describe the voice fading from the house which gave a fault belief to the reader that the house was really alive.

One thought on “Reading Response #5: “There Will Come Soft Rains”

  1. You have some good discussion here, and I like how you have organized your posts into different paragraphs, but you need to spend less time quoting (the quotes take up the majority of your body paragraph, and makes the whole discussion feel descriptive, like summar) and more time providing analysis of the text. One sentence after a very long quote is not enough; help your readings to see how/why these quotes/details matter in the context of some larger argument. Also, you should not italicize quotes; instead, just use quotation marks.

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