In the short story “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury, is a story of a automated house that continues to run without any human intervention for a long time. It shows us one day of the daily routine of the automated house and how it cater to all the family members.
In this futuristic story, the machines and the robots in the house are set to do a certain task. One important machine that set every in motion is the clock, for example, the machine said “Seven-nine, breakfast time, seven-nine! In the kitchen, the breakfast stove gave a hissing sigh”(1). The clock in the house seems to be controlling the routine of the house and signal which machine to start up. The clock appears several of time throughout the story and its job is to manage the machines. The machines think that they are serving god, with the narrator saying,” The house was an altar with ten thousand attendants, big, small, servicing…But the gods had gone away”(2). The narrator is referring the house praying to something that does not exist or working for something that does not exist, which is the humans and the are refer to as gods.
The automated house was used by a family with each of their routine incorporated into the machine in the house. The family is consist of four people said by the narrator, “Two coffees, and two cool glasses of milk”(1). From the quote, it can be inferred that four people were living in the automated home, two were the parents and the other two were the children. The family also had a baby, as said by the narrator “The nursery walls glowed”(2). it was described in more detail in the story of the nursery, that the room was made for a baby. The dog in the family somehow survived just like the house, but the dog was malnourished.
As the story reaches its climax the machine and the robots start to show emotion like a human for the jobs they are programmed to do. When the dog enters and the robot mice have to clean up after him, the narrator said: “Behind it whirred angry mice, angry at having to pick up mud, angry at inconvenience”(2). The mice were given emotion because it shows us the reader of what the robot have to every single day, even though there is nothing to clean and once the dog came in the robot has to work out of their routine to clean up after the dog. Furthermore, the narrator compares the house to a human, saying “The house shuddered, oak bone on bone, its bared skeleton cringing from the heat, its wire, its nerves reveal”(4). it seems the narrator want us to think that the house is alive. In the beginning of the story, the house does seem lively even without human performing all the tasks, but it always goes back to a depressing setting.
In the end of the story the narrator puts human emotions and characteristic into the automated house. As it dies in the flame the narrator want us to feel for the robots and the machines.