In "The Pedestrian," the police car tells Leonard that he is being taken to the "Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies." What do you think this means? What do you think is going to happen to Leonard?

The name of the psychiatric hospital in "The Pedestrian," the "Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies," suggests that it is an institution specializing in psychoanalysis and behavior modification. The psychiatric hospital likely focuses primarily on modifying uncivilized, primitive habits and proclivities. Leonard Mead will more than likely be psychoanalyzed and undergo extensive therapy to alter his behavior and influence him to conform to the dystopia's mundane and superficial culture.

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At the end of Bradbury's short story "The Pedestrian," Leonard Mead is arrested by an automated police cruiser for enjoying the outdoors and being a pedestrian. The police cruiser informs Leonard that he is being taken to the Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies. The word "regressive" is defined as becoming less advanced or developed, while "tendencies" are characteristic behaviors. The name of the psychiatric hospital suggests that it is an institution focused on analyzing primitive, archaic habits.

In Bradbury's futuristic dystopia, the vast majority of citizens remain indoors glued to their televisions, where they consume mindless entertainment. As a lonely intellectual, Leonard Mead is an outcast in society and has not conformed to the superficial, shallow culture.

Leonard's affinity for nature and peaceful evening walks are labeled as strange, antisocial behavior that must be immediately remedied. Ironically, the authorities of Bradbury's dystopia consider his tendencies to be uncivilized habits, while the reader recognizes them as healthy, wholesome activities. One can infer that Leonard Mead will more than likely be psychoanalyzed and possibly reconditioned to behave in a more suitable, predictable manner.

There is also the possibility that Leonard will be lobotomized like Randle McMurphy in Ken Kasey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. More than likely, Leonard will undergo extensive psychoanalysis and therapy to modify his behavior and conform to the dystopia's mundane culture. He will be transformed into a mindless, passive consumer like the other citizens in Bradbury's dystopia.

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