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  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: The aesop has been taken to be Be Careful What You Wish For but some viewers interpreted the aesop as being "have an extra pair of prescription eyeglasses in case of Armageddon".
    • According to The Other Wiki, Burgess Meredith felt the ending was about how even the greatest inventions or innovations created to help people, eventually become mundane and taken for granted. Noting that nobody really thinks much about Bemis' poor eyesight or his glasses, until the end when he actually breaks them.
    • Henry might have had a much better life if he'd gotten a job and marriage which worked to his interests. Like, say, at a library.
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  • It Was His Sled: The ending has been repeatedly referenced and parodied in popular culture; this episode also remains one of the best known and biggest fan favorites of the original Twilight Zone series.
  • Values Resonance: Bemis' plight would be similar to modern day man who is now able to learn or do almost anything due to the Internet. Information at the touch of the finger. But, what happens if all electricity is lost after an apocalypse? All that accumulated knowledge, gone.
  • The Woobie: The main character Henry Bemis is this. He never has any time to do the one thing he loves, has an unhappy married life in addition to an equally-unhappy work life, and is left all alone after the hydrogen bomb outside the bank vault goes off. When he finally sees the good in his situation and learns he has all the time in the world to read all the books he wants, it's snatched right under him the moment his glasses breaks.
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