There Will Come Soft Rains
There Will Come Soft Rains was written by Ray Bradbury in 1950. The setting takes place in the house of a family on the morning of August 4, 2026. There have been many technological advances such as robotic cleaning mice and automative kitchens. The house is the only one left standing after a nuclear attack. With the shadows of the incinerated family scaring the walls. At the end of the story the house burns to the ground ending the time of humans on this planet.
This story was related to the time it was written because, at the time it was published a cold war (a war fought with words and ideas) was raging between the Soviet Union and the United States. During that time there were many threats and fears that the Soviets would fire upon the United States with nuclear weapons, which was what happened in this story. If nuclear force was used there were many theories that it would be the war that would end human life on this planet.
The cold war was fought through espionage, sabotage,and arms races. Instead of declaring war on each other the Soviet Union and the United States instead spied on one another and stole information, building stockpiles of weapons and nuclear devices when things became heated.
The two philosophies in cold war were the Soviet Union (Russia) ideas and the United States's ideas. The United States had an economical philosophy of communism while the Soviets strongly believed that they could dominate the world through brute power and size. Both the U.S. and the Soviets were "superpowers" in that they were two of the most important countries in the world. They both had different opinions and believed that they were right none the less they both had enough fire power to destroy the world and demolish civilization
The outcome of the cold war was a draw. No one really won, Russia and the U.S. decided that they were both to powerful to engage in war. If they did they would most likely have destroyed the planet.
The story reflects the political issues of the 1950's because everyone was worried about what might happen. The Soviet Union and the United States were on the brink of another world war that could possibly destroy life on this planet. The story is set in an alternate future in which war did break out and destroy everything. I think Ray Bradbury wrote this book so we would understand the repressions of how bad this war could really be.