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In Arthur C Clarkes novel Childhoods End people or beings use each other forselfish reasons Sometimes it is subtle even subconscious other times it is a blatantusage Three obvious examples occur and kind of chase each other around in a triangularfashion 1 The Overlords use humanshumanity 2 The Overmind uses humans 3 The Overmind uses the Overlords Humans also attempt to use the Overlords eventhough the Overlords are omnipotent and seem to already have humanitys fatal futureplanned out Other than these overlying uses small examples exist between charactersthroughout the novel These will be cited and explained in a somewhat chronologicalOne of the first instances is Wainwright and the Freedom League using Stormgrenfor information about the Overlords Next time you speak with the Supervisor MrStormgren ask him that 17 says Wainwright referring to why Karellen wont showhimself Wainwright and the league want information like this so they can form theirrevolt against the Overlords takeover This brings about one of the bigger uses The Overlords need a human mediatorto communicate with the rest of the world on a personal level On page 36 Joe saysbut the Overlords have to use human agents Karellen uses Stormgren to speak toIn the chain of events surrounding Stormgrens capture Joe and the kidnappersare holding Stormgren hostage They use him to try and gain information You knowwhat our motives are hereyou are the only man who can tell us anything of theOverlords 40 says one of the leaders This turns into a reciprocal situation when fromStormgrens thoughts it is written There were acute minds here and perhaps they coulduncover something new 41 Also he Stormgren was hoping that they might helphim unravel Karellens secret 42-43 So while this undercover organization seeksinformation from Stormgren he takes advantage of the circumstance in an attempt for theacute minds to help him solve his puzzle These little reciprocal use situations takeplace many times throughout the novelWhile Stormgren is reminiscing the events of the kidnapping he realizes
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