There Will Come Soft Rains Analysis

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Civilization has always been fascinated with the demise of humanity. As we know this is bound to occur, and an end to humanity is written by every culture. Human civilization is not meant to last forever, and we know this, but we are decreasing our chances for survival; an end to humanity is eminent as is evident in Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles. We have always been predetermined to a violent ending that will be caused by our own civilization’s own downfall. Ray Bradbury was no prophet by any means, but his story can be seen as an insight into the future. In “August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains” we get an image of the last house standing on Earth after a great nuclear war. In The English Journal it states, “When it is clear the house will burn; it shudders with ’its bared skeleton cringing from the heat’” (Dominianni 50). We can see the house as a symbol of human civilization and how we will go down in a fiery ending as is also stated in the Bible under revelations. With this being known we will not go down without a fight until the last man standing, but in the end with no hope of persevering we will lose the battle that is not meant for us to win. Bradbury gives us an image of this, “The house tried to save itself. Doors sprang tightly shut, but the windows were broken by the heat and the wind…show more content…
If we are able to kill our own kind what good are we to continue as a civilization and settle with other beings in the universe? In The Best and Worst of Times it states, “Science and technology supply the means for man’s repeated downfall, but it is man’s own pride and greed, his original sin, that dooms him, not the discovery or rediscovery of weapons of mass destruction” (Wagar

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