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The Pedestrian

Presentation for my short story project in Pre-AP English II.

Maggie Houska

on 25 September 2012

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The Pedestrian By: Ray Bradbury Exposition Mr. Leonard Mead lives in A.D. 2053. He was a writer in the past, but because of new technology, being a writer isn't considered a career as much as it used to be. He loves to take walks outside at night to breath in the fresh air and think about things. Rising Action On his walk out one night, things are different. Instead of being alone and in solitude like he normally is, there was a car, specifically the lone police officer in a city of three million. He was told to freeze where he is, and answer a series of questions. Climax Falling Action After questioning the police officer tells Leonard to get in the car, and he agrees to, for fear of getting into trouble with the law. Resolution Leonard gets into the car and finds out that he is going to the Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies. The Resolution is when Leonard sees his house with all the lights on and realizes, for the first time ever, he won't be returning to his house after his night time walk. Conflict Internal: Person vs. Self Leonard has an internal conflict with himself at the end of the story. The conflict is that he is not sure whether he should get into the police car or not. External: Person vs. Society This kind of conflict (external, person vs. society) happens a lot throughout the story, mainly between the police officer and Leonard. The government also makes laws like the curfew for the city which represents an external conflict of the same category. Point of View The story is told in third person point of view. This is because the narrator isn't in the story, but he/she isn't the know-all, see-all kind of narrator. 1. Why is Leonard Mead out after curfew? To go out on a night time walk. The point of view is third person limited. This is because although it is a narrator telling the story, the narrator can only tell from one persons perspective (Leonard Mead's perspective), and not many peoples perspectives. 2. What do Leonard Mead's walks help him do? To help him breath and to help him see. 3. Why did the governing body cut down from three cars to one in a city of one million? The city didn't need the police officers because the assumed all their conflict was gone. 4. Why do people not write anymore? Because the government wants them to only watch TV. 5. Why is Leonard going to the Psychiatric Research on Regressive Tendencies? He still has old ways that are a continued habit to him. Characterization Leonard Mead -
Emotional: He was content, but seemed curious about everything around him.
Mental: He seems to be confused as to why the police would want anything to do with him.
Social: Considering how he talks with the police officer, I don't think Mr. Mead is much of a social person, but he was talking to he houses as if they were his friends.
Moral: Mr. Mead seems to be a good person because although he doesn't like the police officer, he obeys his command to go into the car.
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