Individuality In The Pedestrian And Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

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In life, it is commonly stated that “A man who doesn’t think for himself, does not think at all.” This statement is supported in “The Pedestrian” and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. In Fahrenheit 451 the main character finds himself bound to the expectations of society and robotically follows every order that is given to him without second thoughts. This leads to him being unknowingly unhappy and having a hollow existence. But as the story progressed the main character became more aware of the person that he truly was, and when he had finally discovered that person, he was truly happy. On the contrary, In “The Pedestrian” a lone individual who is different from society is able to think for himself, thus giving him freedom from the bonds of society and the ability to embrace his individuality. Making him free and happy. In both stories, we see how individuality releases people from the shackles of their society and finally allows them to be truly happy with who they are. In the novel Fahrenheit 451 and the…show more content…
The tombs, ill-lit by television light, where the people sat like the dead, the gray or multicolored lights touching their faces, but never really touching them” (Bradbury 2). Leonard Mead describes the state that the people are living in great detail to convey their lifeless state. He says that “the tombs” were ill lit by television light. Tombs are usually the graves of the dead, and as the house is dark, it usually means that it lacks life. Leonard Mead then says how the light wasn’t really touching the people, this conveys that they were basically transparent and the light just went through them like they were ghosts. This describes the lifeless trance that the entire society was in as they lacked individuality thus robbing them of their free
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