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The pedestrian is set in America in the year 2052. The plot of the story is about Leonard Mead out for a walk which would seem normal enough any other time but in this case it's set in the future where everyone is confined to there home and walking is illegal. The theme of the story is in my opinion about a person's right to freedom and rebellion against the system. Leonard does what he wants to do regardless of the fact that it's illegal or not. He enjoys walking and has been doing it for ages and would keep doing it if he had the chance but unfortunately he was caught and taken to be brainwashed to be like everyone else: content to sit and watch T.V. and never enjoy life. ...read more.


'Eight-thirty pm? Time for a dozen assorted murders? A quiz? A revue?" He was a writer by profession although writing is out dated and unnecessary as shown by when he was asked for his profession by the police car and he replied "I guess you'd call me a writer" to which the car replied "No profession" that in conjunction with the line "He hadn't written in years. Magazines and books didn't sell anymore." Shows that books and magazines are a thing of the past and television is the only way of entertainment now. At the end of the story when he is arrested by the police he is taken to a mental institution, 'the Psychiatric Centre for Research on Regressive Tendencies' where it's most likely he will be brainwashed into the same routine as everyone else thus crushing his free spirit and making him an automaton like everyone else. ...read more.


It smelled of riveted steel. It smelled of harsh antiseptic; it smelled too clean and hard and metallic. There was nothing soft there." This is an excellent description of the car and makes it possible to almost smell the inside the car and picture it as if it were the reader that was entering the back and not Leonard which is the way a description should be done. All in all I thought The Pedestrian was a good story. It was a believable almost plausible vision of what the future could hold for human kind with the advancements in artificial intelligence at present it could very well happen maybe in 50 years time maybe more. Personally I hope it never does I enjoy being a free spirit and would hate to have my individuality destroyed by machines or indeed anyone at all. ...read more.

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