Society today is largely dependent on technology

Society today is largely dependent on technology, and its use is almost ubiquitous in the western world. It is an integral part for everyone in all walks of life, from children in school to business executives working for high-end companies. But what happens when the world around technology itself perishes? In the short story “There Will Come Soft Rains”, the reader witnesses the destruction of the only entity left standing, after mankind ceases to exist. The author Ray Bradbury uses imagery and foreshadowing to portray that in contrast to humanity’s increasing dependence on technology, it is rendered worthless if not for humans, who attach material value to it.
To begin with, the author uses foreshadowing to show the result of technology outlasting man. After no response from the owner, the house chooses a poem to read out loud at bedtime. The poem, by Sara Teasdale, is the namesake of the story and it talks about the effects of the prospective obliteration of mankind on nature:
And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.
Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
if mankind perished utterly;
And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn
Would scarcely know that we were gone. (Bradbury 3)
This shows that the fate of the owner of the house, along with everyone else, was a disaster of global proportions, wiping out the entire population of humans, and most animals. Further evidence can be found when the author describes the death of the family dog, which was “covered in sores” and “hysterically yelping”, and eventually “frothed at the mouth”, “ran wildly in circles”, “bit at its tail, spun in a frenzy, and died” (Bradbury 2). These details hint at a prospective cause of death being radiation poisoning, or the aftermath of a nuclear disaster. Furthermore, the poem cited above foreshadows the looming fate of the house, and leaves the reader in suspense for the following events.
Next, the author uses pervasive imagery to signify the devastation following the extinction of humans. This can be seen in the author’s profound description of the west side of the house, where the remnants of the nuclear blast tell the story of the family previously living in the house. Bradbury depicts the wall as “black, save for five places” (Bradbury 1), and provides a description of the silhouettes of the people:
Here the silhouette in paint of a man mowing a lawn. Here, as in a photograph, a woman bent over to pick flowers. Still farther over, their images burned on wood in one titanic instant, a small boy, hands flung into the air; higher up, the image of a thrown ball, and opposite him a girl, hands raised to catch a ball which never came down. (Bradbury 1)
This poignant description effectively