Garrett & Colby

1. "The Pedestrian" by Ray Bradbury

2. "Message in a Bottle" by The Police

Just a castaway

An island lost at sea
Another lonely day
With no one here but me
More loneliness
Than any man could bear
Rescue me before I fall into despair

I'll send an SOS to the world
I'll send an SOS to the world
I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my
Message in a bottle
(Message in a bottle)

A year has passed since I wrote my note
But I should have known this right from the start
Only hope can keep me together
Love can mend your life
But love can break your heart

I'll send an SOS to the world
I'll send an SOS to the world
I hope that someone gets my

I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my
Message in a bottle
(Message in a bottle
Oh, message in a bottle
Message in a bottle)

Walked out this morning
Don't believe what I saw
A hundred billion bottles
Washed up on the shore
Seems I'm not alone at being alone
A hundred billion castaway’s
Looking for a home

I'll send an SOS to the world
I'll send an SOS to the world
I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my
Message in a bottle
(Message in a bottle
Message in a bottle
Message in a bottle)

Sending out an SOS...

Stanza 1: The police use personification to describe someone who is different from others and feels alone and rhyming to further establish the loneliness. He talks about being rescued from his own despair.

Stanza 2: He talks about getting rescued from loneliness by sending a message in a bottle to the people of the world. He says he hopes someone can rescue him from himself.

Stanza 3: He talks about the time that has passed and that he is still lonely and hope is the only thing that allows him to keep going. He uses parallelism to state that love could save him but it could also break him.

Stanza 4: He says he will send another message to the world, with the hope of being rescued.

Stanza 5: He realizes he is not the only lonely person out there; there are others who are looking to cure their own loneliness.

Stanza 6: He sends out another note for rescue, hoping someone receives it and rescues him from himself.

Thematic Statement: In "Message in a Bottle", The Police describe a man who is surrounded by his loneliness, then he realizes he's not the only lonely one and he then tries to connect with the other lonely people.

"Has Technology Made us Lazy?" by Dominique Jackson

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/has-te...

In the article, "Has Technology Made us Lazy", the author, Dominique, discusses how technology has improved our lives and made things much simpler. He also talks about the negative side effects like making us less social and addicted to our devices. This is also seen in "The Pedestrian" when the main character is an outcast because he doesn't spend the day inside like everyone else does. Bradbury also describe everyone staying inside and watching T.V and not communicating to their family in "The Pedestrian", which Dominique also states as a problem caused by technology in his article.

A major theme in the article and the song is loneliness and failure to communicate properly. This is also present in Ray Bradbury's novel, "Fahrenheit 451", Montag can't communicate to his wife well because "she had both ears plugged with electronic bees" (16). This even further backs up Dominique's claims about technology restricting communication, and in "Message in a Bottle" when he has trouble communicating with others. Dominique also states technology causes people to waste time, this claim is supported when Montag states that Mildred just listens to music "humming the hour away" in Fahrenheit 451 (16). In "The Pedestrian" the main issue is everyone is glued to their T.V which is shown in Fahrenheit 451 when Mildred pauses the T.V only "long enough from reading her script to glance up" (17).

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