What Is the Theme of “There Will Come Soft Rains?”

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As with most works of fiction, “There Will Come Soft Rains,” a short story by science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, cannot be said to contain a single theme. However, among the themes present in the story are the threat of nuclear war, both the benefits and dangers of scientific and technological innovation and the supremacy of the natural world over human achievement.

“There Will Come Soft Rains” has no human characters but instead consists entirely of a description of an automated house continuing on its daily tasks even though all people were killed by a nuclear attack. Natural forces such as wind, rain and erosion are slowly destroying the house. The story appeared in 1950 as part of Bradbury’s “The Martian Chronicles,” and many consider it among his best work.