Sharing Saturday Thirty-Nine


I recently read a thought inducing literary piece There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury which really made me think about humanity and nature’s inevitable course.  I wrote a short paragraph looking at the stylistic themes that the author used to create the tale.  Today I thought I would share it with you.

“There Will Come Soft Rains” uses stylistic choices that accent and enhance the meaning of the tale told by Ray Bradbury.  Throughout the story, the author creates a creepy and slightly despairing short story through the use of personification and the constant repetition of the time that marked the exact and automated motions of technology without human intervention.   Humans have been destroyed but through personification, the technology built by humans lives on continuing to complete the daily chores and schedules that humanity would normally adhere to. Beyond the personification of the house and the robotic minions that perform the daily chores, Bradbury uses the time to accent how in a single moment everything can change.  It also adds an eerie feeling to the tale for the clock ticks into the desolate silence of the house. Furthermore, through the wording of “There Will Come Soft Rains” Bradbury manages to paint a ravaged future brought about by humans through their overzealous advancements. The story uses comparisons that vividly portray a stark contrast between past and present and the total obsoletion of mankind against the constant continuation of nature.  Bradbury’s words fashion a literary piece that uses personification, time, and eloquent comparisons to demonstrate humanity’s nature and that no matter what mankind does nature always wins.

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