Summary Of 'Repent Harlequin' Said The Ticktockman?

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The short story “Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman”, written by Harlan Ellison, explores a futuristic society that’s governed by time. He states that “We no longer let time serve us, we serve time and we are slaves of the schedule, worshippers of the sun’s passing, bound into a life predictable on restrictions because the system will not function if we don’t keep the schedule tight” (Ellison 6). In today's society, everything people do is on a time schedule, such as, going to school, work, interviews, or events. Ellison explains how it's a communist society under the control of the Ticktockman, the society continue to extrapolate around time and people don’t have freewill to do whatever they want because they pressed against time.…show more content…
The Harlequin was known for his rebellious, playful ways. The Harlequin believed in justices and that everyone shouldn’t have to be on time for everything. People should make their own decisions instead of being told what to do al the time. It states that “’Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman” shatters the theory that increasing attention to timetables and efficient human motion not only would improve productivity but also would improve the quality of life. Instead, the resulting society reduces people to mindless robots marking time to an oppressive government’s regimented schedules.” (May). American society today there are protesters who fight in what they believe is right for the people in the union. For example, benefits that includes 401K, dental insurance and life insurance. People need to take a stand to encourage others to follow along or to make a long-lasting imprint to what their fighting for. May states “His outrage at the ludicrousness of sociopolitical fads and the stupidity of the people who support them are both at play in this story.” (May). People in society will allow themselves to be controlled by the government, but never think about how the people actually run the government because they're here to serve the people needs. People today can vote on who they believe seem beneficial for their needs. Their need to be a change to where there's more flexibility for people to rotate their schedule around. A true patriot are the ones who oppose, the ones who don’t just go along, those who follows truth and righteousness and try to pass it along to the society. This can apply in today society from the protest against Donald Trump to impeach him from office. The people feel as President Trump isn’t doing an efficient job with the
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