Ray Bradbury's There Will Come Soft Rain

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Ray Bradbury wrote many science fiction short stories, most, if not all, focusing on various possible futures. Typically, the characters and plots featured in his short stories varied, but they all supported the idea that Bradbury was hoping to warn people away from being controlled or replaced by their own creations. He also writes in the theme that “boring” daily life should be treasured before it, too, is stolen by technology’s influence. Going on walks, small talk, and other small, unnoticeable parts of daily life shouldn’t be disregarded. His purpose-- or rather, his warning to people-- seems clear. Above all, the constant progression of technology should be avoided-- or, at the very least, treated with the utmost of caution. His writing…show more content…
Bradbury describes the house in “There will come Soft Rains” as “an altar with ten thousand attendants, big, small, servicing, attending, in choirs” (“TWCSR”). It does everything and anything that its occupants could want-- from making food, to reading poetry, to providing a cigarette. It is the caretaker, the nurse, the cook. It is everything the family could want. The voices in the walls tell whatever occupants may be there what time it is, what weather it is, down to what they should wear. Another example is when Peter Hadley asks his father in shock, “Would I have to tie my own shoes instead of letting the shoe tier do it?” (“The Veldt”). This quote is a brilliant example of what Bradbury was hoping to convey. Peter lacks the ability to do something as simple as tie his shoe-- he does not even want to know how. The house gave him everything and taught him what he knows. He knows being that the house will do everything for him so that he does not have to. What is more appealing to people than not having to worry about doing anything? Immediately, it takes away the stress of not being “good enough” at
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