The Pedestrian Comparison

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The 1951 original written work by Ray Bradbury (“The Pedestrian”) was, at some point in time, later adapted into a short film. Although both the film and short story shared many of the same elements, there were still several noticeably apparent differences; for one, the film had chosen to introduce an entirely new character into the plot. Serving as a contrasting figure for Mead - a “foil”, of some sorts - Robert “Bob” Stockwell had assisted in providing much more insight in the dystopian world (i.e. experiencing the “outside” world after being inside so long, as was seen in the film). Whereas in the original story, no such insight was provided - Mead was, instead, only just an ordinary individual (unintentionally) caught amidst the confines…show more content…
When the symbolic imagery of dandelions had first been introduced, Mead had blown the seeds all away. This soon prompted Stockwell to follow suit, albeit rather hesitantly. But to no avail; a sudden gust of wind had blown the dandelion seeds away from him, the two nearly intercepted by the police force. When interpreting this scene metaphorically, it could be inferred that Mead had been attempting to spread awareness of the society’s corruption, slowly urging for Stockwell to do the same. But before Stockwell could even try, the opportunity had disappeared - much like his dandelion. This subtle foreshadowing applied had emphasized the dandelions’ overall overarching significance, as Mead had gotten arrested before he could even successfully make a change - soon, this had left Stockwell for “fight or flight”. Near the end of the film, the recurring Once again, the recurring symbol of dandelions had appeared near the end of the short film as well, where Stockwell
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