"Repent Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman

"Repent Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman

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  • Exposition
  • "The mass of men serve the state thus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies. They are the standing army, and the militia, jailors, constables, posse comitatus, etc. In most cases, there is no free exercise whatever of the judgment or of the moral sense, but they put themselves on a level with wood and earth and stones, and wooden men can perhaps be manufactured that will serve the purposes as well. Such command no more respect than men of straw or a lump of dirt. They have the same sort of worth only as horses and dogs.Yet such as these even are commonly esteemed good citizens. Others as most legislators, politicians, lawyers, ministers, and office-holders serve the state chiefly with their heads; and, as they rarely make any moral distinctions, they are as likely to serve the Devil, without intending it, as God. A very few, as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men, serve the state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated as enemies by it." Henry David Thoreau, "Civil Disobedience"
  • Conflict (Rising Action 1)
  • "Who is the Harlequin?"
  • Rising Action 2
  • The narrator of the story starts to explain a quote from Henry David Thoreau about civil disobedience. The narrator also explains that a form has simply come to life when he shouldn't have. That form is the civil disobedience itself.
  • Climax
  • "Repent, Harlequin!"
  • "Get stuffed!"
  • The Ticktockman received a file that includes information a particular disobident citizen. This citizen is known as "Harlequin." The problem is, the Ticktockman can't make out who the Harlequin is.
  • Falling Action
  • Being on time
  • is a good thing!
  • The Harlequin ran late several times. It soon became his downfall as running late is a crime. He told a girl named Pretty Alice, but she was not interested to hear him. Later, the Harlequin was doing his nightly activities as the Ticktockman notified construction workers to try and capture the Harlequin.
  • Resolution
  • "Check your watch."
  • The Harlequin is captured. Also, the Ticktockman and the Harlequin get into a heated argument. This is because of: 1.) The Harlequin is captured 2.) The Ticktockman claims that Pretty Alice gave details out about the Harlequin to him. Also, the Ticktockman threatens to "turn off" the Harlequin.
  • The Ticktockman decides not to turn off the Harlequin. Instead, he is sent to Coventry. This is the same type of technique the people at Coventry did to Winston Smith in George Orwell's "1984." The old Harlequin was "destroyed." Later, the Harlequin appeared to the public and was brainwashed. He then said that being on time was a good thing.
  • The Ticktockman shows up to where he is supposed to be at a scheduled time. One of his subordinates informs him that he is three minutes late. The Ticktockman believes that is not true and for the subordinate to check their watch. The Ticktockman then walks into his office.
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