The Battle of Mankind VS Nature
Due to devastation caused by the dropping of the atomic bomb, man kind has only used nuclear weapons twice in war. In August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains, the author, Ray Bradburry, writes about a nuclear holocaust in the year 2026. He writes about a house that services the nuclear explosion, and the house, which has advanced technology , performs daily activities to aid the Fetherstone family. The house is the only thing standing in Allendale, California after a nuclear explosion destroyed the entire city. The house has advanced technology including a stove that makes breakfast and disposes of the uneaten food, a voice clock that rings throughout the entire house reminding the Fetherstones to wake up and go to work, robot mice that clean the entire house everyday at 9:15, bath water that runs on a timer, and even a cigar dispenser that lights a cigar for Mr.Featherstone and disposes of the cigars ashes. Through descriptive literature, Ray Bradburry writes a short story on mankind's downfall when technology outpaces humanity, which in the ends shows how neither man or machine can win against nature.
From the beginning of the story Bradburry uses the specific word choice to show the fate of humans. The story starts off in Allendale, California, seven o'clock to be exact, on August 24, 2026. There is a voice-clock in the living room that alarms the Featherstones that is time to start the day. The automated stove in the kitchen cooks up a hearty breakfast of eight pieces of toast, eight eggs, 16 slices of bacon, two cups of coffee, and two glasses of milk. Judging from the food and beverage order we can agree that 2 adults and 2 children live in the house. At ten o'clock the author writes that, "The sun came out from behind the rain. The house stood alone in a city of rubble and ashes."(Bradburry 8) He then goes on to say that "At night the ruined city gave off a radioactive glow"(Bradburry 8) He uses the reference from the rubble and the ashes combined with the radioactive glow to point out mankind's fate. The story then moves outside to show the house's exterior. At 10:15 sprinklers go off outside hitting a wall where five white outlines of people and the rest of the walls were charcoal black. He describes the white outlines to be a man mowing a lawn, a woman bent down to pick flowers, and then "their images burned on wood in one titanic instant"(Bradburry 9) were a small boy and a small girl throwing a ball in the air. He uses the images on the wall to show the devastation of the nuclear blast on mankind. The flash from the thermal radiation causes a silhouette to form on anything behind the blast. This shows the reader how devastating nuclear weapons can be.
Throughout the story, Bradburry writes about a common theme of the battle between the house and its technology and nature. Early in the story it describes how at 9:15 the voice clock alarms that it is time to clean. Shortly after robotic mice...