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Elliot D Nielsen ENGL 330 Prof Huff 101900 User Friendly in Childhoods End In Arthur C Clarkes novel Childhoods End people or beings use each other for selfish reasons Sometimes it is subtle even subconscious other times it is a blatant usage Three obvious examples occur and kind of chase each other around in a triangular fashion 1 The Overlords use humanshumanity 2 The Overmind uses humans 3 The Overmind uses the Overlords Humans also attempt to use the Overlords even though the Overlords are omnipotent and seem to already have humanitys fatal future planned out Other than these overlying uses small examples exist between characters throughout the novel These will be cited and explained in a somewhat chronological order Earth and the Overlords One of the first instances is Wainwright and the Freedom League using Stormgren for information about the Overlords Next time you speak with the Supervisor Mr Stormgren ask him that 17 says Wainwright referring to why Karellen wont show himself Wainwright and the league want information like this so they can form their revolt against the Overlords takeover This brings about one of the bigger uses The Overlords need a human mediator to communicate with the rest of the world on a personal level On page 36 Joe says but the Overlords have to use human agents Karellen uses Stormgren to speak to Earth In the chain of events surrounding Stormgrens capture Joe and the kidnappers are holding Stormgren hostage They use him to try and gain information You know what our motives are hereyou are the only man who can tell us anything of the Overlords 40 says one of the leaders This turns into a reciprocal situation when from Stormgrens thoughts it is written There were acute minds here and perhaps they could uncover something new 41 Also he Stormgren was hoping that they might help him unravel Karellens secret 42-43 So while
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