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Repent Harlequin Said the TicktockmanThe story Repent Harlequin Said the Ticktockman by Harlan Ellison illustrates a futuristic society governed by time In 2389 when the story takes place man has become so obsessed with punctuality that if one does not posses this quality he can be punished by death Those who become heroes and strive to save the world from destruction by the clock become enemies by the world because they are non-conformists This is the case for Everett C Marm or better known as the Harlequin who tries in vain to transform the unacceptability of the regulations Harlan Ellison introduces to us the idea of serving society in various forms The reader sees that many in society have transformed into that which society believes There are many ways in which people respond to society some follow without question and others do what they feel is right despite the consequences Ellison uses specific examples of imagery diction and characterization to illustrate the importance of reform in societyEllison used imagery to display the Harlequins rebellion as well as the societies actions and thoughts In illustrating the robot-like lives of his society Ellison wrote He could hear the metronomic left-right-left of the 247 shift entering the Timkin roller-bearing plant in their sneakers he heard the right-left-right of the 500 AM formation going home This quote shows the punctuality of the people as well as the organization of the strict society they live The shift was not 245 but rather exactly 247 not sooner or later In addition the workers that were arriving took steps left-right-left whereas the ones going home walked right-left-right This allegorizes exactly how over-organized society was There was so much control over the people that they no longer did what they wanted to or what they felt was right They automatically did what law said to forgetting their own feelings and opinions on whether or not the laws were morally correct When Marshall
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