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The Pedestrian VS. Fahrenheit 451
Transcript of The Pedestrian VS. Fahrenheit 451
The book "Fahrenheit 451" and "The Pedestrian" by Ray Bradbury have a lot of similarities and commonalities between the two stories.
This presentation will examine the connections they share thematically and historically.
Both stories are centered around the future concept of human interactions and peoples futuristic relationships with technology
" 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 A.D 2053, or as good as alone..." (Bradbury,The Pedestrian)
"...Above all, their laughter was relaxed and hearty and not forced in any way, coming from the house that was so brightly lit this late at night while all the other houses were kept to themselves in darkness" (Bradbury 26)
15 June 2014
The Pedestrian VS. Fahrenheit 451
Historically, this book was not well received as it was a controversial look into censorship during the early 1950s.
Its perceptive look into censorship in the present as well as future projections was seen as problematic for some people.
The Pedestrian was a story that was meant to be the beginning of the Fahrenheit 451 story. It was written by the author after he was stopped by police while out for a walk. The story was adapted from the authors real life experiences.(Bradbury 4)
Both stories had struggles getting published, however both ended up being published by magazines. Fahrenheit published by "Play Boy" and Pedestrian by "The Reporter" (Bradbury 219)
"Oh, just my mother and father and uncle sitting around, talking. Its like being a pedestrian, only rarer. My uncle was arrested anther time - did I tell you? for being a pedestrian." (Bradbury 17)
This quote is connected Historically from Fahrenheit 451 to The Pedestrian and is a reference as Clarisse McClellan talks to Guy Montag.
Both stories have a connection to the type of world that the stories are set in. The time period is meant to be set in the future, and both stories have many connections to the type of lifestyle people of this futuristic world have.
" They passed one house on one street a moment later, one house in an entire city of houses that were dark, but this one particular house had all of its electric lights brightly lit, every window a loud illumination, square and warm in the cool darkness" "That's my house" Said Leonard Mead." (Bradbury, The Pedestrian)
This quote from The Pedestrian is connected to Fahrenheit 451 because they speak about deserted streets as the people are all in their dark houses
"He stood outside the talking house in the shadows, thinking he might even tap on their door and whisper, "Let me come in. I won't say anything. I just want to listen. What is it you're saying?" (Bradbury 26)
Guy Montag thinking to himself about hearing his neighbors talking as it is strange in their world for people to
"Everything went on in the tomblike houses at night now, he thought, continuing his fancy. The tombs, ill-lit by television light, where the people sat like the dead, the gray multicolored lights touching their faces, but never really touching them" (Bradbury, The Pedestrian)
Leonard Mead is thinking about how people are zombie like and glued to their televisions instead of having human interactions or connections
Both stories follow similar themes in the futuristic world they live in because both are deserted places where people no longer connect with others or with the world they live in.