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Critical essay Fifty-three years from now a writer is taken to a psychiatric centre for help because he was walking along the streets In this essay I will be considering the image of the future created in this short story by analysing the plot setting character and theme This short story is about a man called Leonard Mead who goes for a quiet stroll on a misty evening at eight oclock He stops at the corner of an intersection peers down and chooses which route he wants to take Mr Leonard Mead had done this every night for ten years Sometimes he would go out and not return until after twelve The strange thing is that he has not met anybody in the street for the last ten years but by pure coincidence the only police car in the city of three million happened to stop him that night The police car interrogates him as to why he is walking the streets and questions him about his profession and marital status The car cannot believe that he is just walking for air and just to see The car tells Leonard to get in and he does Mr Mead assumes that he will be taken home but when he is in the car and the doors locked shut he asks where he is being taken the car he replies to the psychiatric centre for research on regressive tendencies Leonard Mead is not a normal person in the way that his neighbours are because all they do is sit all night with their lazy eyes glued to the television Leonard is a writer in a non-reading society People never read books all they do is watch television and that is probably the reason why he has not met anybody on the streets in the last ten years Leonard seems to have
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