August 2026 There Will Come Soft Rains Analysis

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Warning the society of the perils of nuclear warfare and advocating disarmament, Joseph Rotblat, a physicist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995, stated, “I have to bring to your notice a terrifying reality: with the development of nuclear weapons Man has acquired, for the first time in history, the technical means to destroy the whole of civilization in a single act (“Joseph Rotblot Quotes”).” As one of the most inspiring artists of the twentieth century, Ray Bradbury authored hundreds of short stories, and numerous books, poems, plays, and essays. In 1950, he wrote “August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains,” which is an excerpt from his fantasy book Martian Chronicles. Bradbury dramatizes the American Dream as a man-made nightmare resulting …show more content…
Within the first two paragraphs, he depicts the pleasant voice of the house projecting when he says “the voice-clock sang,” and he is elated as he describes the “perfectly browned toast (Bradbury).” In the seventh paragraph, he illustrates the beautiful work of the dishwasher, which took the dirty dishes and made them “twinkling dry (Bradbury).” As the story continues, Bradbury capitalizes on the use of the five senses to expound that this house seems nice, but is lacking depth. The reader can smell the delicious breakfast made by the house, taste the cool glasses of milk, hear the sound of the water, which “pelted” on the “windowpanes,” see the “charred west side” of the house which was burned, and feel the warm beds during the “cool” nights (Bradbury). However, as the story progresses, Bradbury dramatizes a chaotic home, which is still chiming, oblivious to the fact that it is engulfed in flames. Clearly, this technology emerges as futile and the house is ignorant and inept during this crisis. The house symbolizes man who may enjoy the advances of technology, but he should not allow it to replace his mind and