Use Of Insect Images Thesis In The Pedestrian By Ray Bradbury

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Technology is becoming increasingly popular; we are forced to confront it everyday. Ray Bradbury has noticed this trend of people becoming more and more dependent on technology; after all we use the television, computers, and even automobiles everyday. In the pedestrian Ray Bradbury has used insect images in The Pedestrian that suggests that with the increasing number of people using technology it will trap and destroy us.
Bradbury writes "During the day it was a thunderous surge of cars, the gas stations open, a great insect rustling and a ceaseless jockeying for position as the scarab-beetles, a faint incense puttering from their exhausts, skimmed homeward to the far directions."
In this excerpt Bradbury has compared the rusting of cars to that of the rustling of insects. Rustling means to act or move with energy or speed and it also means to forage food. There are many cars in this future and an insect that there are a lot of, that do a lot of routine work and use a lot of energy would be the ant. They are trapped by there short duty filled lives and are looked on as insignificant; they are in essence zombies, Trapped and destroyed by the lifestyle that they are forced to except. This can be compared to Leonard Mead, he doesn't want to be a zombie like the rest of them he is like a lone red ant in a black ant hill and just as the red ant he doesn't fit in so he is outcast. Leonard Mead may have not been considered crazy in this society of the future, but he may have been considered a threat. He may have been killed to protect the fact that someone likes to enforce this to keep everyone stupid, Just as the red ant in the black ant hill would have been killed for trespassing on black ant turf. This instance is like the metaphor to keep everyone happy in a society and at your control all you need is food and entertainment. Since everyone is completely happy with this form of society Leonard Mead may have also been considered Insane for not conforming to the way everyone prefers to live there lives. This leads back to the point where the police car takes him away to the mental hospital for regressive tendencies. Regressive means returning back to an earlier or less advance point in time so when the police car says "To the Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies." He is saying that Leonard Mead is being taken to be analyzed at Psychiatric Center for the fact that he is considered to be crazy because he refuses to keep up with the times. Technology has trapped and destroyed people's lives by forcing them to conform to living like ants.
Another thing in this excerpt would be the Bradbury's comparison of the movement of the scarab-beetles to the cars. The scarab-beetles are known best for rolling up animals dung into dung balls in order to plant there eggs and to find food too eat, they are scavengers. The cars in this story move as though there beetles, the beetles have an awkward walking style that resembles the way a car...

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