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In this short story The pedestrian by Ray Bradbury, he explains how the future has become so dependent on modern technology

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The Pedestrian In this short story ?The pedestrian? by Ray Bradbury, he explains how the future has become so independent on modern technology. The pedestrian is set in the future, in the year 2052. In the Pedestrian, Bradbury has used insect images that suggest that with the increasing number of people becoming so devoted to, and so indulged in technology and it will trap and destroy us. "During the day it was a thunderous surge of cars, the gas stations open, a great insect rustling and ceaseless jockeying for position as the scarab-beetles, a faint incense puttering from their exhausts, skimmed homeward to the far directions.? In this, Bradbury had compared the rusting ceaseless movement of cars, to that of the rustling of insects. There are many cars in this future, as there are insects, and they do a lot of routine work. ...read more.

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for research on Regressive Tendencies.? He is saying that Mr Mead is being taken to be analyzed at a psychiatric Centre for the fact that he is as considered to be crazy because he refuses to ?keep up with the times?, in this case it being the media. Bradbury compares the house to that of a graveyard, in saying that everything seems very cold and dead to him, with no light on in the house but that of a faint glimmer, like that of a firefly in the house. The house is zombie-like due to the fact that no-one in the house has to think about anything. When watching television, rarely do people think about what was seen. The society is stupefied by the television into being a zombie but and submitting to entertainment instead of trying to becoming more intelligent individuals by using the intellect that they were blessed with, and to better understand the world. ...read more.

Conclusion

After this he was trapped by the technology that surrounds surrounded him and forced to conform to what everyone else has had now become to consider a 'normal life'. ?The light held him fixed, like a museum specimen, needle thrust through chest.? In this sentence Bradbury has compared the light that Leonard Mead has encountered to a pin holding a specimen at in a museum. Leonard Mead is stuck immobilised by the police like a lab specimen stuck by a metal pin. He is trapped by this light and at this point he realizes what the police have done, he realizes he has been trapped. I conclude that Ray Bradbury?s use of insect images has shown that through technology we will eventually be trapped and destroyed. Only by realizing what we love right now about our lives, such as nature, can we be stopped from being indulged and trapped by technology, and have a more, richer life for that of ourselves and for those who come after us. Jody Rogers C7 ...read more.

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