Narrator and point of view

“There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury is told by a third person narrator who acts as an observer of the events in the story: “In the living room the voice-clock sang, Tick-tock, seven o'clock, time to get up, time to get up, seven o'clock! as if it were afraid that nobody would.”

However, the narrator is not only an observer as he or she also has extensive knowledge about the unfolding events: “The house stood alone in a city of rubble and ashes. This was the one house left standing. At night the ruined city gave off a radioactive glow which could be seen for miles”. The narrator knows there was a nuclear blast and also knows what is going to happen: “At ten o'clock the house began to die.”

The narrator is also subjective. This is shown by the fact that the house is often described using human attribut...

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