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Copy of The Pedestrian

Presentation explaining the context of Ray Bradbury's "The Pedestrian"

Michael Fontana

on 28 August 2013

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Transcript of Copy of The Pedestrian

- Never meets people
Literary Techniques
Literary Technique 1 :Flashback
Literary Technique 2 :Imagery
Literary Technique 3: Symbol & Irony
The man's house is the only house lit up
Key Characters
Leonard Mead:
Main character
Unique compared to everyone else
Gets caught by police car for walking for the first time in 10 years
Viewed as having mental issues by the police car
-Year 2053 A.D. on a November night
-Set in a city, population 3 million
-Setting made to explain behavioural difference
Importance of the Car
-During day, city streets are busy with traffic with people traveling to work.

But at night...
Key Characters
-City streets becomes empty
-Compares the emptiness of the city to the "Arizona Desert"
-All houses are lit only by TV screens
-Everyone stays indoors to watch TV, nobody goes outside
Except Leonard, whose house is lit up and takes night walks
Connection to Theme
Author makes a social commentary about how people who are different are discriminated against in society
- Unmanned vehicle
- Takes Mead to Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies
- Finds Mead suspicious for walking at night
Almost everything about Leonard Mead is different
Leonard's difference leads to his arrest and admition to a Psychiatric Facility
Emphasizes how his difference lead to him being taken away to keep the societal norm
Literary Techniques: Connection to Theme
- Describes society and people in it
- Reason for going into the flashback was some laughter inside
- Enforces idea that everyone should be the same
- Dehumanizes the process of turning everyone the same
- Demonstrates the incapability of machines to comprehend humans
The imagery of death is repeated numerous times throughout the story
Leonard Mead being sent to Psychiatric Centre for Research on Regressive Tendencies
The imagery associated with the police car is harsh, cold, threatening, oppressive, that of hunter and its paralyzed prey
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a house.
Leonard Mead is considered an outcast
Society will eventually become "dead"
Krishna Gajjala
Krishna Gajjala
Krishna Gajjala
Jeffrey Wang
Krishna Gajjala
What's real?
The city.
The way of life.
Whats not?
Whats altered?
Peoples daily lives.
The buildings.
Talking, solitary police car.
What does it do to the reader
What does it tell you?
The presence of the empty, but populated, city at night is designed to put the reader off balance and make them wonder how exactly such a world came into being.
Hows it told?
Unlike a conventional storyline where a character strives to understand society in order to be accepted, "The Pedestrian" is the story of a man that society does not understand and wishes to alter to integrate him.
Once the reader begins to wonder, they then begin to question whether something like that could happen in real life, or how it has already started to happen.
-Year 2053 A.D. on a November night
-Set in a city, population 3 million
-Setting made to explain behavioural difference
-During day, city streets are busy with traffic with people traveling to work.

But at night...
John Hartwell
By: Krishna Gajjala
Imaginative elements
Adarsh B.V
Whats real?
Connection to Theme
- Mead is very different from society
- Car shows how distracted humans are by the TV
- Car incapable of understanding human reasoning
Jeffrey Wang
Jeffrey Wang
Jeffrey Wang
Jeffrey Wang
Connection to Theme
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