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Bradbury creates a tone of silence, isolation, cold, darkness, alienation, and death in this short story through his use of imagery. The unnatural quiet is conveyed through the repetition of words...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2021 11:09 am UTC

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In this story, based on a real incident in which Bradbury was stopped by a policeman because his taking a walk seemed suspicious, Bradbury imagines a future world where nobody takes walks. This is...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2021 11:36 am UTC

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Ray Bradbury was often accused of being a Luddite: that is to say, someone with a knee-jerk hostility towards new technology. But this was always an unfair criticism, as Bradbury was never...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2020 10:53 am UTC

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Ray Bradbury uses several types of figurative language, often to create strong visual images but also employing other senses. Metaphor is prominent among these, and he often uses extended...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2019 5:32 am UTC

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In the opening of his 1951 short story, Bradbury makes the unusual choices of using several infinitive verb phrases ("to enter . . . to put . . . to step") and second person point-of-view ("you,...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2018 7:33 pm UTC

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One characteristic of a dystopian society is that citizens are thought to be under constant surveillance by a governing force. On the night when Leonard Mead is captured, his solitary walk is...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2019 1:45 pm UTC

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Mr. Leonard Mead is a lone pedestrian, a man who walks the streets in the year 2053, a time when walking outside on the sidewalks is considered an unusual activity. As he walks along on a November...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2017 8:53 am UTC

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In Ray Bradbury's short story "The Pedestrian," Leonard Mead lives in a reclusive society, where the citizens are completely consumed with technology and remain indoors to watch television...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2020 5:39 pm UTC

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In literature, tone is referred to as the writer's attitude towards a subject or audience, which is conveyed through word choice or the viewpoint of the author. The manner in which the writer...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2020 10:28 am UTC

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The message of Ray Bradbury's "The Pedestrian" is a concern that technology desensitizes Americans and causes them to become alienated from others. When Leonard Mead walks at night in sneakers so...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2016 3:21 pm UTC

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In the story, Leonard Mead is out walking. He encounters no one on his walk, but this is not unusual for his city. This is because all the inhabitants of his city appear to be glued to their...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2016 3:32 pm UTC

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Of course, the central irony of the story is that a simple activiity—walking—is considered abnormal in the dystopian society of Bradbury’s story. This “normal” habit of walking the deserted streets...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2018 1:49 pm UTC

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In Bradbury's short story "The Pedestrian," Mr. Leonard Mead is arrested by a robotic police car for simply walking in the streets at night and behaving like a pedestrian. In the year 2053 AD,...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2018 5:18 pm UTC

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“The Pedestrian” is a science fiction short story by Ray Bradbury. It was first published in 1951, and it is set in an unnamed city in 2053. In order to describe life in this city, you might want...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2020 8:59 am UTC

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Leonard Mead finds himself in conflict with a dystopian society where individuality is met with distrust and contempt. Written in the 1950s, "The Pedestrian" is a futuristic look at a society which...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2020 2:33 pm UTC

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In Ray Bradbury's "The Pedestrian," Mr. Mead's house differs from the other houses in the city because it is well illuminated, there is no television set in it, and it is unoccupied. Leaving the...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2017 9:57 am UTC

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One important piece of the setting is the fact that the story takes place in the year 2053. That's still the future for current readers, but that date is fast approaching. Bradbury published the...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2016 1:52 pm UTC

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Leonard Mead thinks that most of the programming on television is mindless trash. There are two quotes that show his negative attitude to what people inside their homes are watching. "Hello, in...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2016 4:54 pm UTC

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Consider the world of Leonard Mead—people stay inside, they watch TV, they have very little social interaction, and everything is automated. But for Leonard, the world is different—he walks...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2017 6:27 pm UTC

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This passage is significant because it points directly to what an anachronism the pedestrian has become in his society. Also, this final act adds an even more despairing tone to the narrative,...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2015 7:01 pm UTC

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The opening paragraphs of the story serve to establish the emotional atmosphere of the text as gloomy and foreboding. The word "silence" is used a couple of times, and the word "alone" is, as well....

Latest answer posted March 2, 2019 7:12 pm UTC

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“The Pedestrian” is set in an unnamed city on one dark night. The reader becomes familiar with the setting by following the protagonist, Leonard Mead, as he walks alone. From the beginning, the...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2020 1:57 am UTC

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In Bradbury's celebrated short story "The Pedestrian," he depicts a futuristic dystopian city where the vast majority of citizens remain inside their homes watching television all night. In 2053...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2020 9:00 pm UTC

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Ray Bradbury must have felt personally threatened by the epidemic of television which was causing TV antennae to sprout like fungus on roofs all over America. Bradbury was a creative writer, and TV...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2015 4:50 pm UTC

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Within the narrative of "The Pedestrian," Ray Bradbury points to the progressive desensitization of people. For, they no longer interact with others in normal human relationships; instead, they sit...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2015 11:20 pm UTC

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A writer who perceives technology's threats to the humanness of man, Ray Bradbury writes of the threats to individuality and imaginiation in "The Pedestrian." Here is a plot outline: EXPOSITION...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2014 8:30 am UTC

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In a literary work, atmosphere is the feeling that a particular location inspires. In the short story "The Pedestrian," the atmosphere that is generated is one of estrangement and lifelessness. In...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2017 10:22 am UTC

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There is a popular expression that "it takes a village" to raise a child. This seems to hearken back to the mid-twentieth century, when most women did not work outside the home and could help one...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2020 3:34 pm UTC

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Television was not introduced to the American public until after World War II ended in 1945. This was because industry was totally committed to the war effort. By 1951, when "The Pedestrian" was...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2015 11:56 pm UTC

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In the short story "Pedestrian" by Ray Bradbury,"Regressive tendencies" pertains to Leonard Mead's walking at night while the other residents of the town sit before their television sets. In all...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2014 3:16 am UTC

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I suppose that to be entirely accurate, Leonard Mead is not being arrested and taken to jail. Mead is going to the "Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies." Mead is being taken...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2016 12:24 am UTC

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Because Leonard Mead does not behave in a conventional manner by engaging in outmoded activities, he is taken to the Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies. When Leonard Mead...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2017 4:31 pm UTC

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Mr. Mead is arrested and will be taken to the Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies. In the year 2053, Mr. Mead is an odd man. He lives alone, and he likes to take walks at...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2016 12:14 am UTC

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The word "empty" appears five times in the story, always in conjunction with streets or public spaces. It occurs three times in the last sentence of the story. Bradbury is known for being a...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2018 1:42 pm UTC

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Ray Bradbury's short story is set in A.D. 2053, where the vast majority of citizens remain inside their homes during the evenings and watch television. The atmosphere of the city in the evening is...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2019 2:27 pm UTC

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Ray Bradbury's story "The Pedestrian" is set in a futuristic nightmare world in which technology has taken over everything and people are dehumanized. Mr. Mead, not unlike Ray Bradbury himself, is...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2015 5:48 am UTC

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Ray Bradbury’s 1951 short story “The Pedestrian” takes place on a November evening in the year 2053. The protagonist, Leonard Mead, is engaging in his favorite pastime—taking a solitary walk around...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2016 7:07 pm UTC

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Personification is a literary device that authors use to give non-human objects human characteristics. The "object" can be an actual inanimate object, but it can also be an idea or even an animal....

Latest answer posted January 9, 2019 6:39 pm UTC

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All the sensory aspects of the story, in their cumulative detail, give a sense of isolation, since one only notices the external world in this sort of detail when one is alone with it. First there...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2019 12:45 pm UTC

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"The Pedestrian," which was the inspiration for Fahrenheit 451, is a cautionary short story warning its readers not to allow technology to run out of control. In the dystopic world depicted in the...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2019 2:11 am UTC

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What an interesting question! The answer is somewhat up to an individual reader's interpretation. Some readers might say that robots are in control because it is the robot police car that arrests...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2018 11:45 pm UTC

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Ray Bradbury published his story "The Pedestrian" in 1951. These were the early days of television, with little black-and-white screens and mostly poor-quality local programming. Some people feared...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2014 12:27 pm UTC

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Leonard Mead is a writer, and like many writers he loves to go for solitary walks. They are a way of unwinding after a day's intellectual work at a desk, and they are also a means of building up...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2016 3:03 pm UTC

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Ray Bradbury's story "The Pedestrian," published in 1951 shortly after the invention of television, relates to science fiction because it is set in 2053 A.D.; there are more shows on TV than in...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2015 12:52 am UTC

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"The Pedestrian" was set in 2051, about 100 years in the future when the story was published. The author was predicting a future in which the streets of the city were deserted at night because...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2015 11:31 pm UTC

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When answering this question, it's useful to first define dystopia. What does dystopic literature tend to entail? (With that in mind, it also would be useful to consider the subject of utopia as...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2019 9:58 pm UTC

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The story presents an exaggerated portrait of an imagined future city. It may seem like a far-fetched imagination of an artist; nevertheless, it’s not merely an expression of fanciful ideas....

Latest answer posted March 29, 2016 2:09 pm UTC

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In this dystopian society, writers are considered useless, surplus to requirements. People don't read books anymore in this goggle-eyed, TV-obsessed culture, so writing is, at best, an irrelevance,...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2018 9:05 am UTC

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The buckling sidewalk suggests the crumbling of the social community of the town. The grass growing in the "seams" of the sidewalk resembles the look of an abandoned cemetery. Mr. Leonard Mead...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2017 5:23 pm UTC

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From the first sentence, when the pedestrian Leonard Mead, enters out into "silence," he seems very much a lone figure. In the second sentence, we learn that "he was alone in this world of A.D....

Latest answer posted September 21, 2018 5:50 pm UTC

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