Technology is one of the most reliable resources available to mankind. Technological activities create a faster and more efficient way of getting a job done with ease. As the future approaches technology will rapidly increase allowing individuals to achieve more activities in a short amount of time. “The Pedestrian” by Ray Bradbury is a very symbolic story of a man, Leonard Mead who does not except the ideal society that’s supported by the others around him. The short story creates a futuristic view demonstrating the negative way technology has taken over the society in the year of 2053 A.
D. Suggesting that if the world continues in this progress that it is now then we will become nothing but humans who are doing nothing with our lives. “The Pedestrian” the main character Leonard is symbolic of knowledge, individuality, and truth.
Mr. Leonard Mead is a writer in the year 2053. This is an extremely odd profession since nobody reads books anymore. Leonard Mead is symbolic for knowledge through many aspects.
In the film, it illustrates how Leonard house is filled with a ton of books, a typewriter, pictures and various kinds of sculptures. His house was the only one that was light up with many bright lights. This comes to show the amount of intellect he has and how knowledgeable he is compared to the others around him. He is aware of the negative impact technology has created to the society by keeping everyone in their own homes addicted to the television.
However, with his knowledge he keeps thinking and uses his own sense of imagination to make sure not to fall into society’s trap.
Leonard Mead also symbolizes the idea of individuality. He seems to be the only one that shares a mind of his own unlike his neighbors. The short story mentions “he would stand upon the corner of an intersection a peer down long moonlit avenues of sidewalk in four directions, deciding which way to go, but it really made no difference; he was alone in this world of A.D 2053, or as good as alone.” Leonard’s love for writing and walking outside is not what the society feels is normal. Therefore, Mr. Mead shows the aspect of individuality by doing what he loves and being a leader for himself instead of a follower like the rest. He does not seem to care if he will be looked as an outcast to society or be called “not normal”, his individuality allows him to do what he wants and loves. Whereas the government is controlling the rest of the people in society, they show no sense of individuality and are allowing technology take over their lives. However, Leonard Mead stands out in society by being different and having a head of his own believing in what he chooses to believe in and doing what he loves most.