As the man was taking a walk, it seemed like a very cold place from the start of the story. The narration is done in the 3 rd person. They are trapped by there short duty filled lives and are looked on as insignificant; they are in essence zombies, Trapped and destroyed by the lifestyle that they are forced to except. In the beginning of the story Leonard Mead walks down the barren city sidewalks. The story, written in 1950 is set in the future 2053 A. This shows how much entrapment we face in regards to technology.
This may be important as Leonard is doing something that would be considered normal today but in 2053 his walking at night time to get air is not seen as something that is acceptable. The police come to the conclusion that Meade must either be up to no good, or crazy, or both. In The Pedestrian by Ray Bradbury we have the theme of conflict, connection, alienation, control, loneliness and acceptance. Other citizens are sitting inside their homes watching television proving that Leonard is an outcast for not performing the normal nightly activity, watching television. However, the society in which he lives is controlled, fearful and television-obsessed. As a contrast to the humanity portrayed by Mr.
He does not have a viewing screen in his house, which is expected of the members of this society. Walking has become obsolete, as the title of the story indicates. The theme of the short story is all about technology in which it deals with the dangers living in a society which is not only reliant on technology, but uses technology to control its citizens and to destroy those individuals who dare to exercise freedom of expression. Meade encounters a police vehicle. It might also be important that Leonard is taken to a psychiatric centre as this would sum up the mentality of those in authority. Because of careless people, hundreds of pedestrians and bicyclists are injured or sometimes killed by motorists. Motorists, and even pedestrians and bicyclists, have to come to an agreement to benefit every person on the streets.
A regular pastime of walking in the book comes off as strange and regressive. It is never said explicitly in the story, but it can be understood that he is the only, or one of the only, walker in society. The police car stops him, the possibility of the vehicle being robotic is high since the society is heavily automated. He tries to explain that he was walking to get some air which proves pointless since the car cannot understand the essence of that. There's almost no backstory here, and the middle of the text, when Meade encounters the police, is almost entirely dialogue. He hesitated, but went on when nothing more happened.
Ray Bradbury has noticed this trend of people becoming more and more dependent on technology; after all we use the television, computers, and even automobiles everyday. Ray Bradbury's ''The Pedestrian'' is a soft science fiction story about an unusual nonconformist, Meade, who's arrested simply for taking a walk. It does not understand Mr. Other people believe that avoiding or breaking the law is dangerous or non-beneficial. Bradbury is best known for works of this variety. He sets the story in November, near the onset of winter, signifying the coming of death.
As shown in the title walking has become obsolete, Mead is not a pedestrian; he is, in a city of 3 million people 27 , the pedestrian. He tries to explain what he was doing and that he is only a block away from his house but he is threatened that if he does not comply he will get shot. As he is seated and trapped in his seat, the door is slammed and the car rolls on. Mead is the only pedestrian near his home. In the pedestrian Ray Bradbury has used insect images in The Pedestrian that suggests that with the increasing number of people using technology it will trap and destroy us. The police car, a representative of the powers in control, disapprove of his behavior, but the entire society disapproves as well. It smelled of riveted steel.
Altogether, these features function to create a picture of unfeeling progress. Mead, even though he has not committed an offense. He is informed by the car that he will be taken to the psychiatric center since his tendencies are regressive. Councillor Rodney Berman explains the reason for the blue bollards being in place to prevent cars from parking on the street and obstructing pedestrians, limiting the areas drivers can park to use the shops. The once free thinking society has been corrupted by the simple convenience of technology. Everything went on in the tomb-like houses at night now, he thought, continuing his fancy.
It is also interesting that anytime Leonard has gone for a walk he has never seen another human being. Neither the police car nor its occupants can understand why Mead would be out walking for no reason and so decides to take him to the Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies. Summary Ray Bradbury's ''The Pedestrian'' opens with Mr. Certain societies view people as different because of their life-style. It is awfully quiet he can only hear his own footsteps.
He is simply doing something that he himself would consider to be very normal and which the reader is aware he has been doing for years without incident. In the modern world, we are increasingly categorized by our technological devices. In ten years of walking by night or day, for thousands of miles, he had never met another person walking, not one in all that time. Leonard Mead is on his nightly walk and is approached by an empty police car, he is questioned about his walking and if he has reason to do it. Leonard Mead, previously an author has no intention to be a non-conformist, he simply walks because he enjoys it. The combination of these elements makes Mr.
Ray Bradbury has noticed this trend of people becoming more and more dependent on technology; after all we use the television, computers, and even automobiles everyday. As the story continues, we see how vulnerable the pedestrian is when he is confronted by the power of the state. It is as though you can predict these people's day-to-day routines. Not only is there the computerized police car but the viewing screens which keep the streets empty of people may also have absolute control over people. He would stand upon the corner of an intersection and peer down long moonlit avenues of sidewalk in four directions, deciding which way to go, but it really made no difference; he was alone in this world of 2053 A. The narration is full of dialogues, from which we find out that Mr.