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Irony in "There Will Come Soft Rains"

In “There Will Come Soft Rains” the author combines the imaginative parallels of the poem to the fictional world demonstrated. The irony is disclosed in the poem with its lacked concern for the human existence. This house, designed to operate for those who are no longer present, has the ability to abolish humanity. By placing the poem in the middle of the story, the attention is drawn to nature and its distinct absolution with mankind. “Shimmering sound.” “Tremulous white.” “And no one will know of the war.” exemplifies how nature carries on regardless to what the human race will come to. The author entourages how humankind is driving itself into destruction.

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"The Veldt" and "There Will Come Soft Rains"

Foreshadowing in "The Veldt"

In “The Veldt” the author foreshadows to give the readers an idea of the outcome of the story. Bradbury uses the vulture to foreshadow the death of the parents at the end of the story. “The thumping of distant antelope feet on grassy sod, the papery rustling of vultures.” (1) The mom and see first see the vultures when they enter the nursery while the vultures are eating a dead animal. When the parent see the vulture it gives the read an uneasy feeling that something bad is going to happen. Finally, at the end of the story, the mother and father are trapped in the nursery by the children. “The vultures were dropping down the blazing sky.” (5) This shows that the parents are killed by the lions and eaten by the vultures. Foreshadowing makes the story more interesting and suspenseful.


By Sarah Weatherholtz and Gabby Corbett