The Martian Chronicles By Ray Bradbury

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“August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains” is a short story taken from the book The Martian Chronicles written by Ray Bradbury in 1950. The setting of the story takes place in Allendale, California in August of 2026, where a futuristic house is programmed to wake up the McClellan family and make them breakfast and tend to their everyday needs and wants. The house goes through a routine previously programmed for it along with any other spontaneous requirements from the family. On one of the outside side panels of the house are the charred silhouettes of the McClellan family. The house goes on with its routine even when the family is no longer present until it is ultimately destroyed by a fire. The house in way follows the steps the humans did as they both caused their own destruction. Ray Bradbury uses a reality of advanced technology, such as nuclear weapons and what effects they possibly could have, as the main contributing factor in the message he portrays in this short story. Bradbury incorporates personification, juxtaposition, imagery, diction, and irony to reinforce his message that humans crave for advanced technology and this will ultimately be the reason behind their destruction. As there are no physical human characters in this short story, Ray Bradbury uses personification to give the house a lively persona. The narrating voice for the story describes the houses’ actions through personification “hot water whirled them down a metal throat which digested and

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