Short Story Analysis

Short Story Analysis: There Will Come Soft Rains
Ray Bradbury’s short story There Will Come Soft Rains is set in a post-nuclear war in a California suburb that ultimately turns into a struggle between advancements in technology and nature. As this California suburb sits in ash and debris, there stands one house alone, existing within itself. Bradbury describes the world around the house as serene yet disturbing, “At night the ruined city gave a radioactive glow which could be seen for miles” (Bradbury). As we begin to read about this futuristic house we get an insight into Bradbury’s predictions of the future. When this short story was written in the 1950’s there was a widespread fear of nuclear annihilation. Bradbury also projected his predictions of the fate of humans if technology continues to take over our lives. This ideology relates to the theme that technology may lead to the collapse of the human race.
The automated house performs a routine similar to how a human would. It cleans up, makes breakfast, reads poems, and reminds humans about important upcoming events such as birthdays. This short story presents us with many themes such as the deterioration of human values through technology. As well as the fact that nature will live on whether humans are or are not in the picture. Narration is another