There Will Come Soft Rains

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Ray Bradbury’s August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains is a post-apocalyptic story of a single house standing in a city destroyed by nuclear warfare. With the story published in 1950, only five short years had passed from the infamous “Victory in Japan” commemoration that boomed across the United States celebrating the end of World War II. Although Americans were feeling victorious, they were haunted by the thought of nuclear warfare breaking out and the United States of America facing great repercussions for being the first to use the atomic bomb. These thoughts are what encouraged authors like Bradbury to speak out about what our future could hold. Bradbury tries to use a realistic story to make his generation question where these technology booms where taking mankind. Bradbury’s first hint that this story follows a nuclear battle is when writes that the house’s clock is “repeating its sounds into the emptiness” (Bradbury, 24). This tells us that the house is not inhabited, but the house proceeds with it’s daily routine anyway. Bradbury uses the house completing various tasks in the next few paragraphs to show how dependent we have become or will become on technology. We are reassured the house is empty because of nuclear warfare a few paragraphs later. We are told “The house stood alone in a city of rubble and ashes. This was the one house left standing. At night the ruined city gave of a radioactive glow which could be seen for miles” and “The five spots of paint- the

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