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There will-come-soft-rains-mini-scheme

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There will-come-soft-rains-mini-scheme

  1. 1. There Will Come Soft Rains – by Ray Bradbury
  2. 2. There Will Come Soft Rains Post-apocalyptic/Dystopian genre EQ: What are the conventions of a post-apocalyptic/dystopian story?
  3. 3. Get thinking… Describe your perfect place. Who would be there? What is the climate like? Is it busy? What do you do each day? What do you eat? How is it organised? What systems are in place? What kind of rules are there? Utopia
  4. 4. What do these films/shows and books have in common? What do you think a ‘dystopia’ might be?
  5. 5. Dystopian/Post-apocalyptic genre What is this genre and where do you see it? Watch this trailer from the film ‘I am Legend’ to help you create a definition of the genre and a list of conventions. https://www.youtube.co m/watch?v=dtKMEAXyP kg
  6. 6. What is a ‘Post-apocalyptic’ era? Add ‘post-apocalyptic’ and ‘dystopia’ to your vocabulary lists
  7. 7. Historical Context • The story was written in 1950. • 5 years earlier, Hiroshima and Nagasaki had been bombed. (Hiroshima was almost totally destroyed). • Tens of thousands of people died as a direct result of the bombings, a quarter of a million more perished of radiation poisoning within 30 days. • This was a time of uncertainty, and the possibility of nuclear war was a daily fear.
  8. 8. Linked Poetry Read and research Sara Teasdale’s poem ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’. On the poem, answer the questions • 1. Write a summary of what the poem is about. • 2. What does Teasdale mean through the idea of ‘soft rains’? • 3. How does nature feel about the loss of humanity in this poem? How do you know this? Refer to techniques used as well as quotations in your response.
  9. 9. There Will Come Soft Rains Understanding the story Taking into account what we already know about the genre, what can you say about the story?
  10. 10. Class reading After reading, consider the following basic elements: Who What When Where Why…………………………………………………………………. ?
  11. 11. “The house shuddered, oak bone on bone, its bared skeleton cringing from the heat, its wire, its nerves revealed as if a surgeon had torn the skin off to let the red veins and capillaries quiver in the scalded air.”
  12. 12. “The house was an altar with ten thousand attendants, big, small, servicing, attending, in choirs. But the gods had gone away, and the ritual of the religion continued senselessly, uselessly.”
  13. 13. “The morning house lay empty. The clock ticked on, repeating and repeating its sounds into the emptiness. Seven-nine, breakfast time, seven- nine!”
  14. 14. ‘And the rain tapped on the empty house, echoing. Outside, the garage chimed and lifted its door to reveal the waiting car. After a long wait the door swung down again.’
  15. 15. They thudded against chairs, whirling their moustached runners, kneading the rug nap, sucking gently at hidden dust. Then, like mysterious invaders, they popped into their burrows. Their pink electric eyes faded.
  16. 16. It quivered at each sound, the house did. If a sparrow brushed a window, the shade snapped up. The bird, startled, flew off! No, not even a bird must touch the house!
  17. 17. There, down tubes which fed into the cellar, it was dropped into the sighing vent of an incinerator which sat like evil Baal in a dark corner.
  18. 18. Two o'clock, sang a voice. Delicately sensing decay at last, the regiments of mice hummed out as softly as blown grey leaves in an electrical wind. Two-fifteen. The dog was gone. In the cellar, the incinerator glowed suddenly and a whirl of sparks leaped up the chimney. Two thirty-five.
  19. 19. From attic trapdoors, blind robot faces peered down with faucet mouths gushing green chemical. The fire backed off, as even an elephant must at the sight of a dead snake. Now there were twenty snakes whipping over the floor, killing the fire with a clear cold venom of green froth.
  20. 20. Review (pairwork) Answer the following questions by referring to the text: • What might be the connotation of Soft Rains in the title? You should include reference to the poem by Sara Teasdale in your answer. • How would you explain the structure of the story? How has Bradbury punctuated his story? • What does Bradbury infer through all the automatic and mechanical elements in the house? • Where and how do we find out that there are no longer inhabitants in the house? • Bradbury informs us that this has been the case for quite a time; how does he do this? • What do you think was the attitude of humans towards nature? How is this exemplified on page 152 ( before the poem ) • How does Teasdale’s poem support and reinforce the message of Bradbury’s story? • The house is clearly a character in the story; find sentences and phrases from the text which show this. • What might the fight between the fire and the house symbolize? • Find sentences or phrases on pages 153 and 154 which personify the fire. • What effect is created by the shorter sentences used in this ending of the story?
  21. 21. Essay Question#1 (individual) How does the author create a sense of unease, isolation and foreboding in the story? Foreboding /fɔːˈbəʊdɪŋ/ Noun a feeling that something bad will happen; fearful apprehension. "with a sense of foreboding she read the note“ Similar: Apprehension/apprehensiveness/anxiety/perturbation
  22. 22. Plan: mind-map or bullet-point Possible answers By including numerous contrasts that feel unnatural. Add three or four further ideas to your own map with short pieces of evidence.
  23. 23. Example Bradbury creates a sense of unease throughout the story with the use of contrasting images and ideas. The original description of the family is idyllic as the mother is ‘bent to pick flowers’ and the children play in the garden but this is starkly juxtaposed with the image of the ‘thin charcoaled layer’ on the side of the house that has been left by the possible nuclear blast that killed them all. The author contrasts this peaceful scene with the aggressive and ‘titanic instant’ that killed them all: their lives were wiped out instantly. This contrasting image disturbs the reader as it shows how quickly the ideal can be obliterated. Another contrasting image is in the final scene as chaos fights with order: the house is burning down and yet the clock continues to say ‘Today is August 5, 2026…’ as if nothing was happening. This creates a sense of unease because…
  24. 24. There Will Come Soft Rains Man vs Nature EQ: How is this theme demonstrated throughout this story?
  25. 25. Essay Question#2 (individual) How is the theme of man vs. nature explored through ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’?
  26. 26. Essay Preparation You should refer to various techniques and literary elements within your answer. Mind-map as many different answers that you may have to this question. Man vs. nature in the story Man is displayed as temporary through the use of the poem. .
  27. 27. Step 1: Getting your ideas clear Step 2: Sorting your ideas into a logical order Number 3-4 of your ideas in a way that makes sense. Ie, some may automatically link together Step 3: Write these 3 ideas as complete Points, that link using discourse markers For example: Throughout the whole story, man’s efforts are depicted as futile which is demonstrated in the quotation… Step 4: Choose 2-3 appropriate, small quotations for the each Point that clearly supports the point that you’re making Ensure that you punctuate them correctly… Step 5: Annotate these quotations in detail Comment on specific words, techniques and the quotation in general in order to show how it absolutely demonstrates the futility of man or whatever point you’re trying to make. Step 6: Transfer all of this into the grid Use all of the notes that you have made to complete the grid in detail. This will help you have a clear structure for your paragraphs. Step 7: Transfer all of this into a paragraph You now have your Point, Evidence and the notes for an Explanation section.
  28. 28. Checklist • Mind map any ideas you have • Choose which ideas you will write about. (1 is too few, 4 is too much) • Find evidence (quotes and paraphrase) • Organize ideas into a logical structure • Write essay: April 7

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