There Will Come Soft Rains

1088 Words Sep 17th, 2016 5 Pages
August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury was a short story published in the anthology The Martian Chronicles. This story takes place, as the title suggests, in August of 2026. The world has been decimated by atomic bombings and humans have been wiped from the Earth. Symbolism plays a huge role in demonstrating Bradbury’s theme for his story, which is that achieving the American Dream will quickly turn into a nightmare if we allow our arrogance and ignorance to dominate, if we continue to push technology and innovation our happily ever after will be nothing but an inscription left on a wall. Written in 1950, Bradbury has imagined the world in 2026 in the story titled August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains. Our only character in this story conveys a wide range of feelings and emotions, which is quite impressive for a house. Missing its masters desperately, the house continues on taking care of them even though they are long gone. In the line, “It quivered at each sound, the house did. If a sparrow brushed a window, the shade snapped up. The bird, startled, flew off! No, not even a bird must touch the house!” (Bradbury 2), you can sense the paranoia of the house even in one of the first lines. The house acts as though it has suffered a great many threats in the time that it has been alone and it longs to have its perfect American family back within its confines again. As such, the house is kept exactly as it was the moment the McClellans died, like an alter…
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