The pedestrian

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Differences Being different could mean many things, such as being different in appearance, having a different life-style or doing things that are different. Most people who are different suffer through many punishments that are not very fair. People who are different consider themselves as normal and find nothing wrong with themselves. In the short stories The Pedestrian by Ray Bradbury, The Enemy by Pearl Buck, and The Bully by Gregory Clark, being different is a key issue. Many people, societies, and countries consider some people different because of what they believe in or their appearance or their life-style. For being different, these people suffered very harsh and unfair consequences.

Certain societies view people as different because of their life-style. In the short story The Pedestrian, Leonard Mead lives in a society in which being different could symbolize craziness and insanity. This is a society that is very strict and it believes in unity.

Only people who are considered normal are accepted. Sitting in front of the television every free moment a person has, having a job and getting married is considered normal in the society that Leonard Mead inhabits. "What's up tonight on Channel 4, Channel 7, Channel 9? Where are the cowboys rushing, and do I see United Stated Cavalry over the next hill to the rescue?"(Bradbury, Pedestrian 72). To be considered normal, a person must sit in front of a television. In Leonard Mead's society, people who are different are not accepted. Leonard Mead does not follow society rules and what everyone else does in their life and because of this he is considered to be different and an outcast. People should be able to do what ever they want without having to be judged.

Many countries troubled with problems often view some people as...