The Pedestrian

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The Pedestrian

This essay will focus on the recent short story we read in class, "The Pedestrian" written by author Ray Bradbury. I will aim to examine various areas, but mainly the conflict between the individual protagonist, Leonard Mead, and the antagonist of society in general. Furthermore, I will look over various techniques used by the author and refer to aspects such as plot, characterisation, setting and language.

This short story commences with the main character, the individual, Leonard Mead. Mead extracted in this story as a non-conformist, went out for a walk every night. However, the night ended rather strangely resulting in an arrest by the police. The police imprisoned him for existing as a non-conformist and took him to the Psychiatric Centre for Research on Regressive Tendencies.

Leonard Mead, previously an author has no intention to be a non-conformist, he simply walks because he enjoys it.

He is the Protagonist, where his opponent is society. Mead lives on his own, as he is not married and enjoys walking.

For example, Ray Bradbury comments that:-

"Sometimes he would walk for hours and miles and return only at midnight to his house".

This quote helps us to emphasise the idea that Leonard Mead is an isolated character, leading a very different life from the rest of society, by walking out at night for the last ten years.

Author, Ray Bradbury elucidates the fact that Leonard Mead was not a villainous man by quoting:-

"For long ago he wisely changed to sneakers when strolling at night, because the dog in intermittent squads would parallel his journey with barkings if he wore hard heels, and lights might click on and faces appear and an entire street be startled by the passing of a lone figure, himself, in the early...