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At the beginning of the Story, the mood is a bit hard to sense. It feels empty and unfulfilling since there are no humans around to express emotion or interact with one another you have to base your mood on what is not there. There are no humans left, no one there to express any feelings. The mood is full of emptiness and Bradbury illustrates this by using imagery: “The house stood alone in a city of rubble and ashes. This was the one house left standing. At night the ruined city gave of a radioactive glow which could be seen for miles”. Bradbury is visualising the emptiness by using imagery referring to what we can see. Since there is nothing left alive that can experience emotion Bradbury uses personification to give the house human features making it seem alive. Some of the objects in the house like the clock and stove are described as “singing”, but there-there is no one there to hear them. However, technology does not seem to need humanity around; The clock keeps saying its time to wake up; but, there is no one there. Breakfast is also made with no one there to eat it, and outside you can see the shadows from the burned ashes of the family when the nuclear bomb hit. It is not until the dog returns to the house starving and dying that you really experience emotion and that the mood changes to being stronger and more defined.  The mood then changes from feeling empty and unfulfilling to being sad and hopeless. “A dog whined, shivering, on the front porch. The front door recognised the dog voice and opened. “The dog, once large and fleshy, but now gone to bone and covered with sores, moved in and through the house, tracking mud. Behind it whirred angry mice, angry at having to pick up mud, angry at the inconvenience.” This is another example of personification since the robot mouse and the house seems to not be pleased or even be angry with the dogs return. However, the dog is sad, lonely and lost in the search for his family. This, of course, affects the mood changing it from emptiness to sadness and hopelessness.  Bradbury describes the dog with the hyperbole  “now gone to bone” to illustrate how bad his state of health and to give the reader an idea how long the dog was gone for. The dog is also described as weak and so there is not much chance of him surviving, which affects the mood in a negative way making it feel hopeless.  The mood changes for a third time when a fire starts spreading around the house slowly burning all of the robotic life left. “Cleaning solvent, bottled, shattered over the stove. The room was ablaze in an instant! “Fire!” screamed a voice”. The house lights flashed, water pumps shot water from the ceilings. But the solvent spread on the linoleum, licking, eating, under the kitchen door, while the voices took it up in chorus: “Fire, fire, fire!” The house tried to save itself. Doors sprang tightly shut, but the windows were broken by the heat and the wind blew and sucked upon the fire”. Bradbury uses personification to give the house and the fire human-like abilities. The voices from the machines started screaming “Fire” and the house closed its doors in attempt itself. The wind started to suck on the fire making it another example of personification. This personification helps the reader to identify emotion and interpret the mood. In this passage of the story the mood changes from being sad and hopeless to being anxious and stressed. Bradbury wide range use of figurative language illustrates a taste of what is ahead of us. Technology already contributes to many aspects of our life, but technology also has its dark sides like biological weapons and nuclear bombs. How long until we annihilate ourselves, how long until we vanish from the face of this earth?