Theme Connection Project "The Pedestrian"
Modernization is making our society lonely. In The Pedestrian, by Ray Bradbury, technology has controlled the lives of the people in society as the pedestrian walks the streets while everyone else is drawn to their televisions. In the article "Does Technology Make You Lonely?", technology is shown to be isolating us. We use our phones everyday to communicate and start to ignore the people around us. In todays society, most contact occurs through a cell phone, on television, or through a computer monitor. Instead of talking face to face we communicate through technology making people more lonely as they realize they aren't talking to someone in person.
Fahrenheit 451 relates to the poem "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud", because the author is saying he is lonely as a cloud until he gets a sense of pleasure as he sees a star. This relates to Montag as he is very lonely and doesn't realize it until Clarisse talks to him. Montag remembers her being the only person he has talked to besides Faber a while back in the park. In the article "Does Technology Make You Lonely," technology is shown to cause people to communicate without actually being face to face. This happens in Fahrenheit 451 when Montag finally speaks to Clarisse. This connects to The Pedestrian because the man gets arrested for walking alone at night being out of the ordinary from watching television. In Fahrenheit 451 Mildred is caught up in the lives of the people in her seashells as she "listens to far people in far places," (39) and doesn't focus on reality of her own life. Even when Mildred is being taken from her home she only cares about her "family" from the walls and not even her actual real-life husband as she says "poor family, poor family, oh everything gone.."(108).