Why his house is lit up brightly, in contrast to the obedient people who spend their evening in darkness?

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Leonard Mead is a unique intellectual, who enjoys the fresh air as he walks the lonely city streets by himself every night. On this misty November evening, Leonard walks past dimly lit homes, where citizens are glued to their television sets and would never think of leaving. Bradbury likens Leonard's...

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Leonard Mead is a unique intellectual, who enjoys the fresh air as he walks the lonely city streets by himself every night. On this misty November evening, Leonard walks past dimly lit homes, where citizens are glued to their television sets and would never think of leaving. Bradbury likens Leonard's stroll through the city to a walk through a graveyard, where gray phantoms manifest themselves on the inner walls of each home as their inhabitants watch television. As Leonard walks through the empty city, he can imagine himself upon the plain of a wintry Arizona desert.

When Leonard turns down a side street and begins walking home, an automated police cruiser suddenly stops him. The police cruiser proceeds to ask Leonard several probing questions before arresting him. As Leonard is being taken to the Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies, he passes his home, which is the only house that is brightly lit, with "every window a loud yellow illumination, square and warm in the cool darkness." Leonard's brightly lit home symbolically represents his unique, independent personality and is associated with nonconformity. There are various interpretations as to why Leonard has his lights on, but Bradbury uses his brightly lit home to parallel his character and underscore his personality. Leonard's home is juxtaposed to the dimly lit, tomb-like houses throughout the city to highlight his individuality. The light emanating from Leonard's home symbolically represents warmth, comfort, and enlightenment, which are elements that no longer exist in America's superficial society.

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