Reading Response on There Will Come Soft Rains

In a post apocalyptic world,  seen in the short story “There Will Come Soft Rains” the invention of man outlived man it self. The house has artificial intelligence and continues doing its daily task as if the owners of the house were still living there. The author uses precise words to hint the absence of humans throughout the story.

 The story opens up with a voice clock singing the day has begun to an empty house. Breakfast for a family is being prepared based on the quantity that is being described.  The house states the date and location which is August 4, 2026 in Allendale, California.  It also mentions a birthday and a anniversary, and bills needing to be payed. Tedious things couples would discuss during their mornings. “But no doors slammed, no carpets took the soft tread of rubber heels”(1). Still theirs no human activity. The breakfast went cold and was dispose of. Later on, Bradbury the author says “The house stood alone in a city of rubble and ashes.This was the one house left standing.”(1)  Some major war or catastrophe occurred that destroy the whole city of Allendale. The one thing that remained was the artificial intelligent house which continue  its everyday duties.

“Here  the silhouette in paint of a man mowing a lawn. Here is a photograph, a women bent to pick a flower. Still farther over, their image burned on wood in one titanic instance , a small boy, hands flung into the air;higher up, the image of a thrown ball, and opposite him a girl, hands raised to catch a ball which never came”(1)

This gives a little more insight on what took place and why their is no humans around. The family that owned the house perished while enjoying themselves  out in their lawn. They were burned , incinerated given the date this was published ,a little after the War World II ,by possibly a nuclear bomb. The only thing that remained was the house.

Even though humans have become extinct in this story the house embodies human like qualities and activities. For instance in the opening of the story “voice clock sang, Tic-Tock, seven o’clock, time to get up, time to get up, seven o’clock! as if it were afraid that nobody would.”(1) A clock does not experience any emotions therefore it cannot experience fear. This an example of how the author uses personification regarding the house.  Another example, “it had shut up its window  and drawn shades in an old maidenly preoccupation with self-protection which bordered on a mechanical paranoia”(2) The house is being describe as being paranoid and jumpy. Again, giving non living things human traits.

Tours the end of the story a tree falls through the kitchen window causing a fire. The house tries to contain the fire but fails and slowly spreads everywhere. As the fire is spreading every where  Bradbury describe it as “angry” and “clever before it consumes the entire house. “The house is heard screaming “Help, help! Fire! Run!, run!”(4). The story ended with the beginning of a new day. The house stating the date August 5,2026 repeatedly before it was completely demolished. Although, the house outlived the human race, both machine and humans perished while nature continue its course. The sun rising again and beginning a new day.

 

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