The Desolate Cosmos of Ray Bradbury's “There Will Come Soft Rains”

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Ray Bradbury manages to create a highly advanced, dark and desolate cosmos, by including modernistic machines and highly advanced tech, while showing little presence of life and color in his short-story “There Will Come Soft Rains”. The ultramodern technology and presence of radiation suggest that the novel is set after a nuclear holocaust which has wiped out most life, while the robots and houses still strive and continue to serve their purpose, which was to serve us humans.
Ray successfully manages to forge an empty, lifeless world by focusing almost completely on machines and strange natural phenomenon like “electric wind” and “mechanical rain”. The statement, “A dog whined, shivering, on the front porch” is particularly effective in
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The mention of “radiation” in the sentence is particularly impact-full in conveying to the reader that it was in fact a nuclear bomb which has caused this behemothic amount of damage to wildlife and vegetation. Bradbury seldom uses personification throughout his story by giving robotic characters human personalities, the quote, “ Out of the warrens, tiny robot mice darted”, is especially effective in funneling thoughts of machines replacing life in this world. Ray also often uses suspense to carry his story through, for example the quote “The house tried to save itself” makes the reader wonder what will happen next, how will the house react to the fire? All of these story elements are complemented by the feeling of loneliness and emptiness, the quote, “But no doors slammed, no carpets took the soft tread of rubber heals” alludes the already strong feeling of loneliness in the wasteland, by confirming that all humans have been wiped out.
The poem “There Will Come Soft Rains” only tells us how big our part is in keeping this planet running. The verse, “Not one would mind, either bird or tree, If mankind perished utterly” is like a message to us humans, saying that we don’t play even the slightest part in making earth

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