The extensive use of the apocalyptic setting is a bit confusing and the query revolves round its purpose more than anything else. For “Harrison Bergeron”, the only query that would come to a reader’s mind is that why does the author show the death or rather the brutal murder of his only protagonist who attains almost a stature of superhero. Does this incident bear any special symbolic connotation?
“August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury falls in the genre of science fiction but if one delve deep into the plot of the text and try to gaze behind the apparent presentation of the story, it is not easy to find the symbolic interpretation of the story. Bradbury uses the personification deliberately to display the emptiness. Bradbury wanted to reveal the readers that amidst the hustle and bustle of the house, something is amiss and this indicates a persistent absence of human being and human emotion. Bradbury wanted to portray that the fate of the house and the fate of humanity is synonymous. The impact of the complete absence of human characters makes the story all the more symbolic. The intention of the author to portray that too much mechanical life will destroy human civilization is also aptly displayed through the absence of human characters. The effect of the absence of human character on the plot of the story is far reaching and the absence makes the inner theme of the story line poignant. Here, the personified objects of the house are the characters. The protagonist of the house can be considered as the empty house whose inhabitants are dead because of nuclear reaction. The story line, due to the personification of inanimate objects not only renders a proper appearance of a science fiction but also helps to carry forward the underlying powerful message of the story that humans are slaughtering the planet and all the innovation and technologies created to make life easy and better,