There Will Come Soft Rains
The short story by Ray Bradbury and the poem by Sara Teasdale, both named “There Will Come Soft Rains”, have a similar theme although told in a different way. Both stories have no humans in it but discuss how life continues on without them. The people in the stories were destroyed by themselves and the technology they made, but nature will live on without them.
In the poem by Sara Teasdale, it starts out by talking about nature and how it lives without knowing or caring about the humans killing each other in war. Once all the people were dead, nothing, not even the animals, knew they disappeared. All of nature acts the same way it had been since before mankind, “And frogs in the pools singing at night, and wild plum trees in tremulous white” (lines 3 and 4). The poem shows that the only threat to the human race is the humans themselves and once they were all gone, life on earth continued to live on.
The short story written by Ray Bradbury stretches that theme out more with a different way of showing it. The story shows a house in the future that cares for its owners that no longer live there. The house’s town and the people who had lived in it were destroyed from some sort of nuclear bomb, leaving the house as the only survivor that was manmade. In the end, the house is destroyed by a tree falling down upon it. While the whole house is in ruins, there is one wall that was still standing, with a voice from the wall saying the date over and over again while the sun rises showing that the sun and moon are going to keep moving around the earth and days will continue to pass by.
The poem and short story do have similar and different ways to express the general theme. As the poem puts it: “And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn, would scarcely know that we were gone” (lines 11 and 12). The author, Sara Teasdale, is telling the reader that the humans disappearing would be unimportant and unnoticeable to most creatures. Ray Bradbury shows...