There Will Come Soft Rains| Ray Bradbury

“There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury shows the aftermath of some sort of destruction done to a town. Minimal background information is given to help let the readers mind wander long after the story is over. The only “character” in the story is the house. Set in a futuristic setting, this house talks, provides, and helps its live in family as much as it can. Due to this interruption in the communities lives, there no longer are people still alive in the town let alone house, all that is left is the charred outline of their bodies along the houses and buildings. Despite the vacant town, the house continues on as if nothing has happened. It is how it was programmed, it does not know any better.

This reading is one that fascinates me every time I read it. Its strong descriptive words help to mentally truly see what the author, Bradbury, is trying to portray. At the same time however he uses, as a stylistic choice, to leave certain areas of information out, such as telling the audience exactly what happened to the town. His use of leaving out information was thought out and executed so strategically, it sets his short story apart from any other future demolition of a society. It allows for complete understanding of the story, along with readers personal input, thoughts, etc. which can is a good reason to read this story with a group and discuss after to learn different perspectives and reasonings they believed Bradbury crafted this story the way he did.

Another reason “There Will Come Soft Rains” is set apart is because of the focus of the story. Unlike most writers, Bradbury is focusing on the empty and sad aftermath. Many other writers would go against this and write about the action, horror, and thrilling moments leading up to this point. The aftermath setting has a very sad and empty tone as to which I find a lot of readers can relate to it in a sense of their experiences post heartbreak, trauma, or anything that has effected them in their lifetime to where they felt naked and vulnerable. Bradbury’s relatable short story is an extraordinary piece of literature for all people alike.

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