“There Will Come Soft Rains” is titled after the poem, the house selected to read, which is really poem written by Sara Teasdale. The poem communicates the idea of when a tragedy of war come up and all of humanity is destroyed, because of a war, nature will continue to go on as if nothing had happened. The choice is ironic because while the poem discusses nature prevailing through disaster, the family’s “smart house” is taken down by a tree. The family’s silhouettes are scorched to the side of the building after a nuclear explosion occurred.
At the beginning of the house proclaims its time to wake up, yet the house I empty. It continues to go on with the family’s routine. The actions of the house help us understand the humans that were living there before better. It announces the date, time, and important evens for the day. By going into such depth about what these machines do daily, Bradbury could be suggesting that in the future as a human body we will become more reliant on machines. The house has no idea that the family is gone, so it continues to make breakfast. Later, the family dog comes to the door and just by the of the dogs whining the house lets it in. Bradbury uses the dog as a surrogate to represent the events that have happened. He explains the dog as having “once large and fleshy, but now gone to bone and covered with sores”. Fifteen minutes later the dog passes away. Quickly after, the cleaning, robotic mice come and clean away the decaying dog, then the house moves on with its day. Between these two events, it is evident that the house has no concept of death. This house is so preoccupied making sure it stays on its schedule it does not even notice the absence of people or that the family dog had just passed.
Ray Bradbury published this story only five years after the nuclear bombs in Japan, in nineteen-fifty. When Bradbury mentions the silhouettes, he mentions that they are burning on the west of the house. This is a very important detail because the west is a symbol of death. The sun “goes to die” every day to the west. Also, when the Unites States bombed Japan, the bombs came from the west. There are four silhouettes that are scorched on the wall. One is of a man mowing the lawn. Another, is of a woman picking flowers. Plus, there are two children playing with a ball. This family never saw this attack coming, just like in Japan. Now of course the attacking in Japan did not wipe out all of mankind, but what if it did?
“The wind blew. A falling tree bough crashed through the kitchen window”. This is what begins the destruction of the house. When it fell, the tree knocked over a bottle of cleaning solution of the stove and caused a fire. The significances of the fire is, in the poem that the house read earlier in the story, it talks about nature not caring if mankind exists or not. The house tried to save itself, it had an instinct of survival. The house took the fire burning up the food, as people eating the food, so it started pushing out food at a rapid rate. Ultimately, nature prevailed, and the house burned down.
By going into such depth about what these machines do daily, Bradbury could be suggesting 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 have the power to create these devices that can help us, or they can destroy us. Humanity could be a representation of the smart house. When the house was first built, it changed up the the way mankind lived. The house we built for the needs of mankind, and even when man dies, the house will continue to move on. As humans it is our responsibility to prevent this story from becoming true. Humans are being too depended on modern technology. Bradbury is showing, if a nuclear attack were to occur at any point, mankind could not survive.