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The Pedestrian: A Fantasy in One Act

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Author: Ray Bradbury

Published: (first published August 7th 1951)

Format: 22 pages

Isbn: 9789992809600

Language: English


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  1. 5 out of 5

    Petra-X

    Ray Bradbury wrote a story about being picked up by the cops for walking. Just walking. I had a not-dissimilar experience, I was also picked up for just walking. He wrote about it much better than me. Free to read here. My story in comment 4 Behind Bars: Surviving Prison. The police sometimes pick on people for no reason whatsoever but paranoia on their part, society, people who don't want to see anyone who doesn't look like them or act like them and want the police to 'clean them away'. In the ne Ray Bradbury wrote a story about being picked up by the cops for walking. Just walking. I had a not-dissimilar experience, I was also picked up for just walking. He wrote about it much better than me. Free to read here. My story in comment 4 Behind Bars: Surviving Prison. The police sometimes pick on people for no reason whatsoever but paranoia on their part, society, people who don't want to see anyone who doesn't look like them or act like them and want the police to 'clean them away'. In the next comment, msg 5 Laura saw the synchronicity and gave me a link to the story. That's how I like recommendations. Ones that really relate. Thanks Laura.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dante

    "The multicolored or grey lights touching their faces, but never really touching them"

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mila Temnyalova

    We had to read The Pedestrian in English class a couple of weeks back. Since normally the teacher prints out a few passages of long books, what I didn't expect was to come home and google this name, only to find out that those small two pages he gave us was the entire novella! Despite being incredibly short, The Pedestrian definitely stirred something in me. Imagine this - someone fifty years prior to today describing what the world would be like in a hundred years time. The most ironic part? Som We had to read The Pedestrian in English class a couple of weeks back. Since normally the teacher prints out a few passages of long books, what I didn't expect was to come home and google this name, only to find out that those small two pages he gave us was the entire novella! Despite being incredibly short, The Pedestrian definitely stirred something in me. Imagine this - someone fifty years prior to today describing what the world would be like in a hundred years time. The most ironic part? Sometimes it feels as though it's exactly like that. Walking down the empty streets at nighttime, staring at the flickering illuminations as they dance on the pulled over curtains, wondering what people are doing. Not only being alone, but feeling lonely in a world where nobody seems to share your values. I've аlso got to mention that one of my favourite quotes is from this short story. "... the multicolored or grey lights touching their faces, but never really touching them .." Overall, this was a quite enjoyable and thought-provoking read, if I do say so myself.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Monika

    Falling in love with his prose everyday.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Althea Ann

    Published in 1951, two years before his most-famed work, 'Fahrenheit 451,' the themes here will be very familiar to anyone who's read that book. The short story also makes very clear what Bradbury meant when he made his controversial statement that his novel was not about the dangers of censorship but about the evils of television. The content of this story is simple: a solitary man takes his habitual evening walk through his neighborhood, passing house after dark house full of people sitting an Published in 1951, two years before his most-famed work, 'Fahrenheit 451,' the themes here will be very familiar to anyone who's read that book. The short story also makes very clear what Bradbury meant when he made his controversial statement that his novel was not about the dangers of censorship but about the evils of television. The content of this story is simple: a solitary man takes his habitual evening walk through his neighborhood, passing house after dark house full of people sitting and watching TV. No one else is on the streets - and the man is stopped and arrested by an unmanned police vehicle for his suspicious and deviant behavior. The message is precisely the same as that of 'Fahrenheit 451' and it's stated even more clearly here. Yes, the faceless government forces are cracking down on "regressive" and anti-social behavior. But the reason is because that is what the masses want. The man we see here - an unemployed writer - has cultivated skills that are undesired by his society. He is single; no one even wants him as a partner. Every single other person in his neighborhood is happy to eschew personal contact. As in the novel, the oppressive dystopian government that we glimpse here is actually doing exactly what the majority of the people wants - and that is the truly frightening aspect of the prediction. The danger is not necessarily that a future society will be crushed by forces from above - but that a future society will no longer see value in intellectual freedom and the diversity of complex and dissenting expression of opinions. Personally, I don't think that TV is all that bad. It certainly CAN be bad, but it doesn't have to be. It's just another media format, and is perfectly able to convey worthwhile content. I would be more in agreement with the noted TV journalist Edward R. Murrow, who, not long after this story (and Fahrenheit 451) was published, in 1957, said: "It might be helpful if those who control television and radio would sit still for a bit and attempt to discover what it is they care about. If television and radio are to be used to entertain all of the people all of the time, then we have come perilously close to discovering the real opiate of the people." However, while I might not agree that TV is the danger, I certainly do agree with Bradbury's core idea regarding the dangers inherent in the dumbing down of society and the waning interest in intellectual pursuits in general.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    World gone crazy. Unfortunately, all of this original dystopian novels written as a warning to the future have gone unheeded by the masses and taken as a “how to” by those in power. I love Bradbury, but this one was slightly one note to me. Not bad and a quick read. 3 stars.

  7. 4 out of 5

    La Coccinelle

    Sometimes it's interesting to read old science fiction to see what the author got wrong... or right. In the case of "The Pedestrian", it's a mixed bag. Bradbury nails the social isolation and addiction factors that can go along with technology. In this story, only one man is out and about after dark taking walks; everyone else is closed up tight in their homes, watching TV. (The author probably didn't even anticipate how things like phones and other devices would isolate us from each other even Sometimes it's interesting to read old science fiction to see what the author got wrong... or right. In the case of "The Pedestrian", it's a mixed bag. Bradbury nails the social isolation and addiction factors that can go along with technology. In this story, only one man is out and about after dark taking walks; everyone else is closed up tight in their homes, watching TV. (The author probably didn't even anticipate how things like phones and other devices would isolate us from each other even more than television!) There's what appears to be a self-driving car. On the other hand, though, there are weird references to black-and-white TV, phonograph static, and punch-cards that run AI... so the story is very much a product of its time. I'm not sure I entirely understand Leonard's motivations for his actions (or lack thereof). Was it to show how bad the dystopia has gotten that he feels resistance would be futile? Or does it just not occur to him to fight back? (I'm sure English teachers would have a field day getting students to analyze this one.) I'm reading more for enjoyment, though, and in this case, to see how the technological imagination of the author has held up over the years. While I didn't love this story, I didn't hate it, either. It's purely average for me.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Danny

    This is a ridiculously short novella, but have checked it nonetheless, as it quite simply conveys so much during its few pages - something that can be given interesting perspectives in the world of today. Basically, it's a dystopia where everyone watches TV. With everyone at home, there's no need for police, so the state has reduced the amount of police cars from 3 to 1. Now, our protagonist has as his favorite pastime to walk around. Just walk. He encounters the police car, and well, no surprise This is a ridiculously short novella, but have checked it nonetheless, as it quite simply conveys so much during its few pages - something that can be given interesting perspectives in the world of today. Basically, it's a dystopia where everyone watches TV. With everyone at home, there's no need for police, so the state has reduced the amount of police cars from 3 to 1. Now, our protagonist has as his favorite pastime to walk around. Just walk. He encounters the police car, and well, no surprise there as to the consequences of being a complete oddball compared to the rest of society.. I really enjoy how this explores the same areas as Fahrenheit 451. It's not per se what happens when we stop reading, but it's the same principle: what happens when we stop intellectually stimulate ourselves? I think it's a scary thought, and although this short story doesn't really make an attempt at a "realistic" dystopia (at least in 2012), it provides great stuff for thought at just two pages. Added to this, there are a range of other aspects that could be considered when it's about people watching television. Isolation, lack of socializing - all moving towards the machines that we could potentially become. And that sure as hell is intriguing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tim Vandenberg

    Based on an actual event in Bradbury's young life in Los Angeles (the main character's address is that of Bradbury in Venice, CA), this is a very poignant short story of an all-too-real, now-present/near-future time when walking the sidewalks is nigh-illegal while people instead should be staring at their TV screens all night long in their mausoleum-like homes: "The tombs, ill-lit by television light, where the people sat like the dead, the gray or multicolored lights touching their expressionles Based on an actual event in Bradbury's young life in Los Angeles (the main character's address is that of Bradbury in Venice, CA), this is a very poignant short story of an all-too-real, now-present/near-future time when walking the sidewalks is nigh-illegal while people instead should be staring at their TV screens all night long in their mausoleum-like homes: "The tombs, ill-lit by television light, where the people sat like the dead, the gray or multicolored lights touching their expressionless faces but never really touching them." This short story was a predecessor of "The Fireman" which itself was the "draft" of "Fahrenheit 451". "The Pedestrian" has several echoes of F451 within, such as "Magazines and books didn't sell any more," leaving the writer, Leonard Mead, out of work. Also, several very similar linguistic phrases are also found in both Pedestrian & F451, such as "buckling sidewalks" and the tomb-like description of TV-worshiping homes. A short but powerful work. Bradbury was a prophet of the media-addiction-gone-awry time that has now already come. Very recommended.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rainey

    Wow. Bradbury does it again with this four-page glimpse into a future full of skepticism and fear. Based on an experience in Bradbury's own childhood and said by Bradbury himself to be "the beginning" of Fahrenheit 451, "The Pedestrian" tells of alone man out for a walk at night who is stopped by an empty police car. All the three million citizens of the city are at home watching viewing screens, making cars and police nearly obsolete, and making a single man choosing to go out for air seem eith Wow. Bradbury does it again with this four-page glimpse into a future full of skepticism and fear. Based on an experience in Bradbury's own childhood and said by Bradbury himself to be "the beginning" of Fahrenheit 451, "The Pedestrian" tells of alone man out for a walk at night who is stopped by an empty police car. All the three million citizens of the city are at home watching viewing screens, making cars and police nearly obsolete, and making a single man choosing to go out for air seem either criminal or mad. Brilliant.

  11. 5 out of 5

    J.B.

    There was absolutely nothing to this story. A guy walked around, had an odd way of thinking about and looking at the world around him. A world of which wasn't clear till near the last page. Nothing about this story worked. It read like a first draft, the seed of an idea. An idea, that admittedly could have been good if Bradbury had waited until it was finished to put it out.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Oana M.

    Bradbury's stories are generally my cup of tea and this made no exception. Although short, "The Pedestrian" presents a gloomy view of the future, in which simply walking outside and enjoying fresh air is seen as an act of rebellion which needs to be punished. Dystopian fiction at its best!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mariana

    So simple yet so amazing. He is everything a reader could ask for, these days.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Eya ☾

    This is frighteningly realistic. and odd. and bloody brilliant.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Addie

    It was okay.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Meghan Butcher

    Quite a 2020 story

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mikella

    I think I liked this book the best Like the others they were futuristic and ahead of the times But they also showed what was to come of us in 50 years and I would much rather NOT have this happen it looks like it's actually quite true....?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Hamilton

    Ray Bradbury is one of my favourite authors and every book of his, though I haven't read many, was perfect. This one was one of the best stories I've ever read and I loved every bit of it. There is only one person in it, and he is the kind of person you want to put in your pocket and save from all the harshness of the world. The background people are flat, and the robot character is downright creepy. The main character's name is Leonard Mead. He is adorable and very lovable. He's the kind of pers Ray Bradbury is one of my favourite authors and every book of his, though I haven't read many, was perfect. This one was one of the best stories I've ever read and I loved every bit of it. There is only one person in it, and he is the kind of person you want to put in your pocket and save from all the harshness of the world. The background people are flat, and the robot character is downright creepy. The main character's name is Leonard Mead. He is adorable and very lovable. He's the kind of person who enjoys the little things, appreciates every second, and finds beauty in everything that surrounds him. This story was presented in my English Literature course, along with four others. When I read this one, I knew I would be working with it even before I read the others. It just appealed to me so strongly, even though the ending was not a happily-ever-after. I can't say too much more about the story because it is only three pages long. Go read it, people. I'm telling you, it's totally worth it, especially in this day and age. https://archive.org/details/Pedestria...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Hobbs

    The Pedestrian is a short speculative fiction based on the future of technology. It isn't really my type of book but i actually didn't mind it, Bradbury knew what he was writing about and if you take it in to a deeper perspective you can see all the hidden meanings and themes of the story. This was written when television had just come out and the accuracy of this telling is mind blowing. How Bradbury could almost see into the future and tell us exactly what is going to happen is beyond me. All in The Pedestrian is a short speculative fiction based on the future of technology. It isn't really my type of book but i actually didn't mind it, Bradbury knew what he was writing about and if you take it in to a deeper perspective you can see all the hidden meanings and themes of the story. This was written when television had just come out and the accuracy of this telling is mind blowing. How Bradbury could almost see into the future and tell us exactly what is going to happen is beyond me. All in all it was a nice and meaningful read to pass some time.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sawyer Hintz

    Personal Response: To be honest, at first I didn't understand what exactly the story was about. It was extremely short but I felt like there was a deeper meaning that I wasn't getting completely. Ray Bradbury, as I have said before, has a very descriptive and deep way of writing. But after I looked up some other reviews of the story I got a better understanding of it. Plot Summary: The story opens with a lone man walking down the street sometime in November. We get the notion that walking just for Personal Response: To be honest, at first I didn't understand what exactly the story was about. It was extremely short but I felt like there was a deeper meaning that I wasn't getting completely. Ray Bradbury, as I have said before, has a very descriptive and deep way of writing. But after I looked up some other reviews of the story I got a better understanding of it. Plot Summary: The story opens with a lone man walking down the street sometime in November. We get the notion that walking just for fun is a very strange action in the time this story takes place. I read somewhere that this was a sort of "prequel" to "Fahrenheit 451". "The Pedestrian" certainly does share some elements of Bradbury's most well known book. As the man strolls carelessly down the sidewalk, he looks in all the houses and watches the people who are all glued to their giant wall televisions. It says that he talks to the houses and compares walking past the cold, empty, and dark houses to walking through a graveyard. The man's name we learn is Leonard Mead. Mr. Mead never meets anyone else on his walks, as everyone is in their warm, television-lit homes. As Leonard walks towards his house, a police car (apparently the only police car in the entire city) turns the corner and shouts at him to stand still. Leonard does as it says and continues to be questioned by this driver-less car. During this questioning we learn a little more about Mr. Mead. We learn that he is a writer, but hasn't written in years due to the fact that hardly anyone is buying magazines or books anymore (further referencing the coming future in Fahrenheit 451). We also learn that he has no wife, which the police car finds very strange. But not as strange as when Mead tells it that he just walks to walk. Even though it's a machine, it sends across a judgmental and disbelieving tone when it hears Leonard's answer. It seems as if it is caught off-guard with such an absurd response. The car then commands him to get in the back and says that it is taking him to a mental asylum. Reluctantly, he gets into the car and it takes him to the asylum. Along the way the car passes his house and he shouts out to it. And that's how it ends. You sort of feel sorry for the lone walker. You wonder what will happen to him. Whether or not he will be able to go back to his house. It makes you think if anyone will miss him, or if he'll just be forgotten. Recommendation: This is a hard story to recommend to people. I would say people who like ambiguous endings, or stories that leave a lot to the imagination of the reader. This short story gives the reader lots of room to make their own decisions about who exactly the character is and what kind of world he lives in. I wouldn't recommend this story to younger people because they wouldn't understand or enjoy it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cadyn Ehrenberg

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Personal Response I recently read 'The Pedestrian' by Ray Bradbury. I really liked this short story that he wrote. It really drew me in with the futuristic scene. I figured that since Mr. Mead was just walking, he would go to a secret hideout or something like that, but, he got in trouble for doing something so ordinary. My opinion is if our world today keeps going like this, then this will be our only option, to arrest people for doing something that would be so common and ordinary. Plot Summary Personal Response I recently read 'The Pedestrian' by Ray Bradbury. I really liked this short story that he wrote. It really drew me in with the futuristic scene. I figured that since Mr. Mead was just walking, he would go to a secret hideout or something like that, but, he got in trouble for doing something so ordinary. My opinion is if our world today keeps going like this, then this will be our only option, to arrest people for doing something that would be so common and ordinary. Plot Summary The story begins with Leonard Mead, he is an ordinary man, he lives in a house, doesn't have a wife, and he likes to walk outside at night. The year is 2053, and in all of his years of walking, he has never encountered one other person while he is walking. Mr. Mead walks down his street, chooses which direction to go, and then walks for hours in that direction. He has never gotten caught in all his years of walking, and one night, he is walking down the street, mindingh his own business, thinking about his life and what others' lives are like, and he sees a police car round the corner. There is only one police car in operation, since the crime rate has drastically decreased, and it has no driver, it is self operating. The car asks him what his name is, where he lives, what his occupation is, if he is married and what his reason for walking outside was. He answers, and the police car deems him guilty of a crime that Mr. Mead is sure he didn't commit. His reason for walking was he wanted to get fresh air, and to see things. The police car thinks that is unreasonable. Mr. Meads' wife would have been his alibi, but he does not have a wife. After the argument, the police car takes him past his house, and to the jail. Characterization Mr. Mead is a different person from everyone else, he does not sit and watch TV all the time, he goes outside and walks and gets fresh air. It is not until the end of the story that he realizes that he is different from everyone else. Recommendation I would recommend this book for any high schooler, girl or boy, that can process diversity. It kind of hits you at the end of the story that this world is a very judgemental place for people who are different.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brock Brunner

    Personal Response I think this was a short but solid book. I felt as if I was truly there in the scene of the book watching it all go down. I like the way Ray Bradbury described everything and it was put together quite well. This was probably one of my favorite short stories so far. Summary The book starts off with the main character, Leonard Mead, standing at a crosswalk on a cold November night. He continued to walk down the sidewalk, like he has done every night for many years. Leonard loved go Personal Response I think this was a short but solid book. I felt as if I was truly there in the scene of the book watching it all go down. I like the way Ray Bradbury described everything and it was put together quite well. This was probably one of my favorite short stories so far. Summary The book starts off with the main character, Leonard Mead, standing at a crosswalk on a cold November night. He continued to walk down the sidewalk, like he has done every night for many years. Leonard loved going on walk at night. He would sometimes go on walks that were a few miles long. As he would pass houses, he´d whisper to them all different kinds of things. He would usually ask them what was going on tonight on the news or how they were doing. Although they didn´t respond because, well they´re houses. Leonard would chuckle a little then continue walking. When he got to a certain point, he turned around to head home. As he came around a corner, a police car came driving up to him and flashed its lights on him. Then a loud voice told him to freeze and put his hands up. Leonard was confused and asked why, but then the voice yelled ¨Do it or I´ll shoot!¨ Leonard quickly raised his hands in the air. Then the voice started asking a bunch of questions to him. They wanted to know why he was out this late and what he was doing. Leonard told the voice that he was just going on his nightly walk. They kept on questioning him and Leonard was getting quite confused. The voice finally said to get in the car, but Leonard refused. The voice boomed and told him to get in now. Scared, Leonard slowly walked over and got in the back. He wanted to know where he was going, but the voice didn´t answer, just drove off. Recommendation I recommend this story to anyone who likes Ray Bradbury. It is a great, short book and any fan of Bradbury fans will like this. I only gave it 4 out of 5 stars because of the total cliffhanger it left. Other than that, it was good.

  23. 4 out of 5

    BRANDON SCHEER

    PLOT This short story is about a man, a writer, who walks every night for years. He does this just to go for a nice calm refreshing walk and get some fresh air and be outside. He always minds his own business and tries to be quiet and not disturb anyone. This story takes place the year 2052, it clearly states about halfway through. Also you can tell it is futuristic because he gets stopped by a police car, not an officer but just a car that drives itself and talks. The car is very suspicious abou PLOT This short story is about a man, a writer, who walks every night for years. He does this just to go for a nice calm refreshing walk and get some fresh air and be outside. He always minds his own business and tries to be quiet and not disturb anyone. This story takes place the year 2052, it clearly states about halfway through. Also you can tell it is futuristic because he gets stopped by a police car, not an officer but just a car that drives itself and talks. The car is very suspicious about him walking for no real purpose because it seems no one does that anymore. Everyone is lazy and watches television. MY RESPONSE I think this author, Ray Bradbury, is trying to write a short story to show what he thinks the future will be like if we keep how we are. Decreasing in outdoor activities and increasing laziness. Also showing how our technology is advancing at an increasingly fast rate. Although the main idea is to show how it is suspicious to take a leisure walk because everyone is inside watching their television. CHARACTERIZATION There is only one character in this book besides the talking police car. The man’s name is Leonard Mead. He goes on a walk every night for several years for fresh air and to get out of the house. The police car is a talking car that works like a police robot. It is suspicious about Leonard because he is doing something that is unusual during the age they are in, even though it is just going for a walk like he has been for years. RECOMMENDATION I would recommend this short story to people who want to discuss their opinions about the near future. For the most part I believe this will be adults. Most children will not find this story interesting.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kati Kettleson

    Recommendation: I would recommend this to people who like to think about what the future will be like. I say that because this story could possibly happen in the future years. Personal Response: I thought this story was interesting. I say that because I think I'd be with the guy walking and wondering what the world has come to. Also it makes me really think what is going to happen in the future generations. Overall it had a good plot to it. Characterization: In the beginning Leornard Mead sounds Recommendation: I would recommend this to people who like to think about what the future will be like. I say that because this story could possibly happen in the future years. Personal Response: I thought this story was interesting. I say that because I think I'd be with the guy walking and wondering what the world has come to. Also it makes me really think what is going to happen in the future generations. Overall it had a good plot to it. Characterization: In the beginning Leornard Mead sounds like a normal guy walking the streets at night. Then you find out he's the only one that goes outside anymore in A.D. 2053. He seems to wonder why the world is like it is and that no one goes outside anymore. Plot: Leonard Mead seems like an average guy just taking a night walk. Then he describes the streets empty and no one outside; everyone in their houses. On one of his long, nightly walks when something odd happened. A car came cruising around a corner with bright lights directed right at Leonard. Then he heard this voice yelling at him but there was no one he could see. The voice proceeded to ask many questions, demanding answers from Leonard. The car was a police car, the only one the city had. The voice ordered that Mr. Mead get into the car; when Leonard did, there was no one inside. The car started off towards Leonard's house, but it quickly went right past it, not even hesitating to stop. At that moment Mr. Mead had no idea where he was going, all he knew was that there was only empty streets ahead.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dylan Snell

    Personal Response: I thought this was an interesting short story. I thought it was interesting because this story was wrote in the 1950’s, set in a time not far from our current year. It was pretty cool to see what the author thought the world would be like in the 2000’s. It was also freaky to read about people not walking around at all. Plot Summary: The story begins with a man walking down a deserted street at night in 2053. He apparently has done this every night for many years. He walks by peop Personal Response: I thought this was an interesting short story. I thought it was interesting because this story was wrote in the 1950’s, set in a time not far from our current year. It was pretty cool to see what the author thought the world would be like in the 2000’s. It was also freaky to read about people not walking around at all. Plot Summary: The story begins with a man walking down a deserted street at night in 2053. He apparently has done this every night for many years. He walks by people’s houses and talks to the house, asking it questions. The man then comes to an intersection that is supposedly busy during the day. After he looks at it, he starts to walk away. After a few steps, he hears a voice. The voice comes from a police car. The police car is the only police car left in the city. After a bunch of questions, the police car tells him to get in the car. He gets in the car, that has no driver or anyone in it. He asks the car where they are going, and the car replied, “Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies,” which is basically a mental asylum. Recommendation: I would recommend this story to everyone. I recommend this because this is an interesting story. It shows what technology the author believed would be around. Some young kids might not get the whole inside theme thing that the story possesses, because the hidden theme is pretty hard to uncover.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Claire Berndt

    Personal Response:I enjoyed this story a lot because it was futuristic and provoked my idea of what the world will be like in the future. I did not really like the way it ended because it left some questions unanswered. Plot Summary: The story takes place in the year 2053 and follows a man named Leonard Mead. He walks alone every night for eight years straight. He says he is alone in the world but later we find out that he is not actually alone. Everyone else is in their house watching televisio Personal Response:I enjoyed this story a lot because it was futuristic and provoked my idea of what the world will be like in the future. I did not really like the way it ended because it left some questions unanswered. Plot Summary: The story takes place in the year 2053 and follows a man named Leonard Mead. He walks alone every night for eight years straight. He says he is alone in the world but later we find out that he is not actually alone. Everyone else is in their house watching television or on some type of technology. We get an idea of this when a police car pulls him over and starts questioning him but there is not an actual person in the car. The police man asks Leonard questions about what he is doing and then makes him get in the car to take him to a Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies. Leonard tries to protest but fails in doing so. Recommendations: I would recommend this story to anyone who likes futuristic stories. I think kids in middle school and up could read this or even adults too.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Padriac Hickey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. personal response: I would have liked to read on but it just ends in a cliff hanger. I mean the story was really good. The thing is is that why was the night so silent and and dead. What happened to the neighbors and why did it all take place in that year? Summary: This story starts out with a man walking, just walking. He wondered why its silent, and why are their no lights on. For its the year 2052 and he`s been walking for years and no trouble, until a cop comes. the police force had been cut personal response: I would have liked to read on but it just ends in a cliff hanger. I mean the story was really good. The thing is is that why was the night so silent and and dead. What happened to the neighbors and why did it all take place in that year? Summary: This story starts out with a man walking, just walking. He wondered why its silent, and why are their no lights on. For its the year 2052 and he`s been walking for years and no trouble, until a cop comes. the police force had been cut down to a one patrol car, this car had found this man walking and what happened is that the police man grew suspicious of this man because he had no alibi so he arrested the poor man and took him to the Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies. Recommendation: I would like to recommend this to the people that don`t get angry when their is a cliff hanger at the end of a story, and one who can comprehend this type of literature.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    It was Fahrenheit 451 in two pages. And, to my tastes, the better for it. I read it online here courtesy of James: http://mikejmoran.typepad.com/files/p... It was Fahrenheit 451 in two pages. And, to my tastes, the better for it. I read it online here courtesy of James: http://mikejmoran.typepad.com/files/p...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katrina McCollough

    Ray Bradbury's writing is simplistic and amazing, with a lot of common themes throughout his stories. The more you read, the more you can enjoy.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rafael

    Ray Bradbury is one of the foremost writers of the 20 and 21 century. He mostly writes dystopian and science fiction stories. His short story The Pedestrian is not the exception because it is not only science fiction but it is also futuristic. I would give this story a 5 out of 5 because even though it is short Bradbury conveys the author a big message. The story is set in the year 2053 were a man named Leonard Mead all nights went out for a walk and never saw anyone. While he was walking outside Ray Bradbury is one of the foremost writers of the 20 and 21 century. He mostly writes dystopian and science fiction stories. His short story The Pedestrian is not the exception because it is not only science fiction but it is also futuristic. I would give this story a 5 out of 5 because even though it is short Bradbury conveys the author a big message. The story is set in the year 2053 were a man named Leonard Mead all nights went out for a walk and never saw anyone. While he was walking outside and turned to see the houses he saw that every person was just watching TV and didn't care about doing anything else. One night he was walking and then saw a patrol coming his way and then the patrol parked in front of him. This was weird because it was the first time he saw someone outside. (view spoiler)[The patrol was computerized meaning that their was nobody in it just a voice that talked through the radio. The voice ordered Leonard to get in and took him. (hide spoiler)] One quote of this short story would be " The streets are like dry river beds" which the author uses to describe how the streets are getting cracker and empty due to the lack of use of the people at night. This quote goes with the message Bradbury wants to gives us which is that one day technology might trap or control humans in a way and when this day arrives then the world might start to decay due to the uninterest of humans for it.

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