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‘The Pedestrian’. Setting, Themes, Symbolism. Dystopian future . An imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one. Setting - Dystopian Future.

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    1. ‘The Pedestrian’ Setting, Themes, Symbolism

    2. Dystopian future • An imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one

    3. Setting - Dystopian Future • “Sudden gray phantoms seemed to manifest upon inner room walls where a curtain was still undrawn against the night” • “whisperings and murmurs where a window in a tomblike building was still open. ” • “a little cell, a little black jail with bars. It smelled of riveted steel. It smelled of harsh anti­septic; it smelled too clean and hard and metallic. There was nothing soft there.”

    4. Setting - Dystopian Future • “not unequal to walking through a graveyard where only the faintest glimmers of firefly light appeared in flickers behind the windows” • “The tombs, ill-lit by television light, where the people sat like the dead, the grey or multi-coloured lights touching their faces, but never really touching them.” • “To the Psychiatric Centre for Research on Regressive Tendencies”

    5. Setting - The Future • “A metallic voice called to him” • “The tombs, ill-lit by television light, where the people sat like the dead, the grey or multi-coloured lights touching their faces, but never really touching them.” • “To the Psychiatric Centre for Research on Regressive Tendencies”

    6. Setting - City At Night • “To enter out into that silence that was the city at eight o'clock of a misty evening in November, to put your feet upon that buckling concrete walk” • “frosty air before him like the smoke of a cigar.” • “cottages and homes with their dark windows”

    7. Setting - City At Night • “There was a good crystal frost in the air; it cut the nose and made the lungs blaze like a Christmas tree” • “The street was silent and long and empty”

    8. Themes – Society in Decline • “step over grassy seams” • “Sudden gray phantoms seemed to manifest upon inner room walls where a curtain was still undrawn against the night” • “whisperings and murmurs where a window in a tomblike building was still open.” • “not unequal to walking through a graveyard where only the faintest glimmers of firefly light appeared in flickers behind the windows”

    9. Themes –Technology Taking Over • “a little cell, a little black jail with bars. It smelled of riveted steel. It smelled of harsh anti­septic; it smelled too clean and hard and metallic. There was nothing soft there.” • “The tombs, ill-lit by television light, where the people sat like the dead, the grey or multi-coloured lights touching their faces, but never really touching them.” • “A metallic voice called to him”

    10. Themes – Death • “not unequal to walking through a graveyard where only the faintest glimmers of firefly light appeared in flickers behind the windows” • “evening he began his journey in a westerly direction” • “occasionally picking up a leaf as he passed, examining its skeletal pattern in the infrequent lamplights”

    11. Theme - Isolation • “The street was silent and long and empty” • “In ten years of walking by night or day, for thousands of miles, he had never met another person walking, not once in all that time.” • “He came to a cloverleaf intersection which stood silent where two main highways crossed the town. ”

    12. Symbolism - Lights • “He was within a block of his destination when the lone car turned a corner quite suddenly and flashed a fierce white cone of light upon him. ” • “The light held him fixed, like a museum specimen, needle thrust through chest.” • “flashing its dim lights ahead” • “one particular house had all of its electric lights brightly lit, every window a loud yellow illumination, square and warm in the cool darkness.”