Literary Devices In There Will Come Soft Rains

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“There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury is a story set on a post-Doomsday Earth in the year of 2026. It is a story about a lonely house powered by technology attempting to create a normal day with no one to live it. The story utilizes several conventions of the science fiction genre: its fundamentally speculative premise, its extrapolation, and its modernist language. By analyzing the story’s deep roots through these conventions, one may infer a theme. The story, from the get-go, is set in a futuristic Earth. The story’s setting is built on a fundamentally speculative premise: What would the world be if humanity were gone? In the beginning of the story, it is clear that the world was no longer what it seemed. From the passage “And the…show more content…
As mentioned in the final line of the poem: “ ‘No one would mind, neither bird nor tree, / If mankind perished utterly; / And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn / would scarcely know that we were gone’ “ (qtd. in Bradbury np), it (the poem) ends at dawn and mankind is no more, similar to the story. Ultimately, “There Will Come Soft Rains” is a modernist text in the sense that it talks about the issue of machines replacing humans in life and how they seem to take over everything. Through the house having human emotions to the mechanized average household chores it does instead of the people that used to live in it, the aspect of human life on Earth itself is defamiliarised. Even nature itself seems to be replaced by the machines, as shown by the mechanical cleaning mice around the house and the children’s bedroom being an artificial view of the jungle. All in all, everything in the story has gone to the machines. After walking through the story’s conventions in science fiction, a theme may be formulated. The theme is: Nature always wins. Even though the house lives in the story with its technology and emotions, nature in the form of the tree being a deus ex machina comes crashing into the house, causing it to die. Overall, the story is a cautionary tale about machines and human life – one must not replace the
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