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Literary Analysis Essay For “The Pedestrian”

  • Submitted by: triumy
  • on April 18, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 703 words

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In “The Pedestrian” by Ray Bradbury, the author uses original, creative and vivid imagery to show that being original, productive and creative can open up to more vivid and richer experiences, like walking and exploring new places rather than conforming to other people and not doing anything productive at all. The author also uses simple but powerful diction to foreshadow the sad ending of conforming to the law as stated by the police car rather than ignoring the police car, which can happen simply because of conforming to other people or things. This story is about a man arrested in one night for walking along the streets and not staying home like other people.

The creative and vivid imagery that the author adds into this story gives a link between the loneliness of the streets and being the only one and original. Being original can be scary and can tempt you into conforming to something else, but one can become dull and boring from being forced by the society to conform to the rest of the people. When Leonard was told by the police car to get in the car, the author stated that “The police car sat in the center of the street with its radio throat faintly humming."Well, Mr. Mead," it said. "Is that all?" he asked politely. "Yes," said the voice. "Here." There was a sigh, a pop. The back door of the police car sprang wide. "Get in." ” If Leonard was more productive and could think of something better, he wouldn’t be in this situation. He might perhaps “protest”, ignore the car, and run away, since people don’t have to conform to everything, and if the laws don’t make sense, you can “protest” against the law and you do not have to conform to the law. The message behind this part of the story is to be original if your originality can lead to right decisions, rather to conforming to other people. Even though conforming to other people for a short time has its benefits like understanding other people’s viewpoints on a topic, being original makes people know that you...

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