Agenda: Journal Review Vocab Read and discuss There Will Come Soft Rains (pg. 326) Reminders: Vocabulary Quiz on Monday Wednesday, September 26th
Journal 9/26/12 1.)What do you think is the most important piece of technology we possess today? 2.)Do you consider yourself “dependent” on technology? If so, how? 3.)Do you think technology is taking over? *Please answer all questions and explain your responses. 6-8 sentences
Vocabulary • Silhouette (n.) – an outline that appears dark against a light background • Paranoia (n.) – an irrational fear of danger or misfortune • Manipulate (v.) – to move, operate, or handle • Tremulous (adj.) – trembling, unsteady • Oblivious (adj.) – paying no attention; unaware • Sublime (adj.) – supreme, splendid • Dart (v.) – to move swiftly or suddenly • Quiver (v.) – to shake with slight but rapid motion; tremble • Cellar (n.) – an underground room or story (usually used as storage) • Fragment (n.) – a piece of something that is broken off or detached
There Will Come Soft Rains Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury • Bradbury was born August 22, 1920. He died June 5, 2012 at the age of 91. • He is a famous horror, sci-fi, mystery and fantasy writer. • Best known works are Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man, and Dandelion Wine.
Ray Bradbury • His most chilling stories comment on the human consequence of progress. • “Science ran too far ahead of us too quickly,” Bradbury once remarked, “and the people got lost in a mechanical wilderness.” • Bradbury has lived to see some of his frightening concerns come true.
There Will Come Soft Rains • The short story is an excerpt from a collection entitled The Martian Chronicles. • The collection was published in 1950. • Many of the short stories were based on a futuristic society. • Like many authors, Bradbury was inspired by the events that took place around him.
There Will Come Soft Rains • Science fiction writers of this period often created works featuring utopias (ideal worlds) in which machines freed people of difficult tasks. • In There Will Come Soft Rains, Bradbury challenges the idea by presenting a society harmed by modern technology.
Hiroshima • On Monday, August 6, 1945 the first atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. • It killed 80,000 people instantly. • Over the next year, more than 100,000 people died from radiation poisoning.