English 1102 project 1.docx - Ethan Mitchell English 1102 Elaine Stephens English 1102 Assignment 1 Prompt Of the short stories we have read who are the

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Ethan Mitchell English 1102 Elaine Stephens 1/30/17 English 1102: Assignment 1 Prompt: Of the short stories we have read, who are the protagonists and antagonists in each; explain your reasons for these choices. What are the themes in these stories? Explain. 1. There Will Come Soft Rains ” by Ray Bradbury Protagonist: In this short story, the protagonist is the house described throughout. In spite of the disaster that occurs, which removes the reasons for performing its daily routines, the house continues to function because that is all that it knows how to do, and, furthermore, that is all that it can do. Serving as a symbol of normalcy in the midst of chaos, the house represents the hope that things can still go well in the worst of times. Antagonist: While it may appear on the surface that the villain of this narrative is the nuclear explosion, I do not think so. Ultimately, the blast did not appear in the story and did not directly destroy the house. In my opinion, the antagonist is isolation. Because the house is alone in the midst of destruction with nobody around to serve, it loses its purpose, and since there was nobody left to save the house when it faced destruction, it met its end. As much as the owners of the home needed it while they were alive, the house needed them to keep it functioning, and when there was no one left to protect of be protected, the hero was left to destroy itself. Theme: We tend to worship technology in our society, but as powerful as it may seem to us, it is fragile and will not last long after we are gone. In this story we witness how quickly machines fall to pieces after people stop using them a while. Instead of serving as a monument to its fallen owners, the house burns to the ground and leaves no evidence there was ever any life at all.

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