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I think the ant world described in Departmental by Robert Frost is a fitting metaphor for the society in the story Repent Harlequin Said the Ticktockman by Harlan Ellison The ant society in Departmental is based on keeping up with the pace and getting all of their duties done An ant comes across another ant that has passes away and thinks to himself that if he runs across someone that works for the higher master hell tell him about it Insinuating that if he doesnt run into anyone he is not going out of his way to let anyone know about The ants are described as being a curious race but are not impressed or bothered by their dead 715 The ant society is described or portrayed as one that is very departmental If you are a mere worker that is what you do It is not your job to do the work of those above you If there is something that needs to be done but is beyond your level you are to keep on with your own duties and not get of track by taking care of the matters of those above you or below you In addition to the characteristics of the societies in both stories being similar they are both science fiction stories Departmental is based on a society of ants and Repent Harlequin is about a society that takes place in the future Repent Harlequin Said the Ticktockman 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 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
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