“ThereWill Come Soft Rains” is titled after the poem, which is really poem written bySara Teasdale.
The poem presents the idea of when a misfortune of war come upand all of mankind is destroyed, nature will continue to go on as if nothinghad happened. The choice of poem is ironic because while the poem discussesnature prevailing through disaster, the family’s “smart house” is taken down bya tree. The family’s shadows are scorched to the side of the building after anuclear explosion occurred.At thebeginning of the house proclaims its time to wake up, yet the house I empty. Itcontinues to go on with the family’s routine. The actions of thehouse help us understand the humans that were living there before better. Itannounces the date, time, and important evens for the day. Bygoing into such depth about what these machines do daily, Bradbury could besuggesting that in the future as a human body we will become more reliant onmachines.
The house has no idea that the family is gone, so it continues tomake breakfast. Later, the family dog comes to the door and just by the of thedogs whining the house lets it in. Bradbury uses the dog torepresent the events that have happened. He explains the dog as having “oncelarge and fleshy, but now gone to bone and covered with sores”.
Fifteen minuteslater the dog passes away. Quickly after, the cleaning, robotic mice come andclean away the decaying dog, then the house moves on with its day. Betweenthese two events, it is evident that the house has no concept of death. Thishouse is so preoccupied making sure it stays on its schedule it does not evennotice the absence of people or that the family dog had just passed. RayBradbury published this story only five years after the nuclear bombing inJapan, in nineteen-fifty.
When Bradbury mentions the silhouettes, he mentionsthat they are burning on the west of the house. This is a very important detailbecause the west is a symbol of death. The sun “goes to die” every day to thewest. Also, when the United States bombed Japan, the bombs came from the west.There are four silhouettes that are scorched on the wall. One is of a manmowing the lawn.
Another is of a woman picking flowers. Plus, there are twochildren playing with a ball. This family never saw this attack coming, justlike in Japan. Now, of course, the attacking in Japan did not wipe out all ofmankind, but what if it did?”Thewind blew. A falling tree bough crashed through the kitchen window”. This iswhat begins the destruction of the house. When it fell, the tree knocked over abottle the cleaning solution of the stove and caused a fire.
The significancesof the fire are, in the poem that the house read earlier in the story, it talksabout nature not caring if mankind exists or not. The house tried to save itself,it had an instinct for survival. The house took the fire burning up the food, aspeople eating the food, so it started pushing out food at a rapid rate.Ultimately, nature prevailed, and the house burned down. By going into suchdepth about what these machines do daily, Bradbury could be could be trying it say,that in the future as a human body we will become more reliant on machines.Technology can be dangerous just as much as it can be good. As humans, we havethe power to create these devices that can help us, or they can destroy us. Humanitycould be a representation of the smart house.
When the house was first built, itchanged up the way mankind lived. The house we built for the needs of mankind, andeven when man dies, the house will continue to move on. As humans, it is our responsibilityto prevent this story from becoming true. Humans are being too depended on moderntechnology. Bradbury is showing, if a nuclear attack were to occur at any point,mankind could not survive