A Rhetorical Analysis Of "Repent Harlequin! Said The Ticktockman" By Harlan Ellison

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Conformity. Noah Webster defines it as "action in accordance with prevailing social standards, attitudes, practices, etc.". When a man conforms he displays obedience towards the regulations of the society into which he has been planted. Harlan Ellison writes of conformity in his epic entitled "'Repent Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman". And it is through his piece that he paints the idea of non-conformism. Ellison implements in media res organization, crafts a programmed society, interpolates monotonous diction, and alludes to Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" in respect to serving society; all in an effort to stir in readers the true danger that goes hand in hand with depravity in leadership, ...view middle of the document...

He offers a hint of familiarity in a world that seams foreign to the reader so far. Ellison then moves to describe the repercussions of the Harlequin's act in throwing off the society's schedule. It is through this clever sequence that Ellison first sows the seeds of non-conformism in the reader. We immediately begin to dislike the system and all that it represents. The author then builds upon these initial feelings by moving to the beginning of the tale- going in-depth into the society's regulations. With every notion of punctuality, the reader becomes more and more in disaccord with how the community is driven. Next, we are introduced to a routine tragedy within this society, as Marshall Delahanty is "shut-off" for tardiness- causing the reader further uneasiness with regards to the Ticktockman and the vile institution that is the government. Finally, Ellison ends by glorifying and martyring Harlequin, creating a climax of emotion within the reader.It is through Ellison's creation of a robotic and emotionless society that the reader comprehends the necessity of change. As I previously mentioned, the reader quickly becomes uneasy and suspicious towards the society as Ellison paints the scene as the story begins. We first envision the Ticktockman, standing high above everything and everyone, offering a dark shadow over the setting. Ellison then describes the "cubicles of the hierarchy", creating a cold and businesslike foundation for the rest of the community. He creates in the reader a sense that there is deep corruption present in the high levels of this place. After crafting this eerie and almost sadistic hierarchy, we then are introduced to the area below. It is here that the systematic nature of the place becomes evident. Lines of mindless men march synonymously, shift after shift. It is much like a machine, with each anonymous gear moving in fluidity with the next in order to keep the mechanism running smoothly. The totalitarianism of the society is ever clear as we picture this scene in its entirety. A lone man stands high above thousands of followers- all of them held in check by fear. Fear of the state to which they serve, fear what non- conforming actions may bring, fear of unfamiliarity- much like any functioning dictatorship that has ever or will ever exist. Ellison is paralleling this particular society to that of a Cuba, an Iraq, a North Korea. We as readers know very well the dangers of this type of organization. We recognize its flawed nature, its obvious need of repair and reform. We know that this type of systematic totalitarian rule is neither acceptable nor free from imperfection.Ellison elects to employ bleak, mechanical diction juxtaposed with glimmers of uniqueness in order to contrast the ideas of individuality and uniformity. He begins by offering us the dark and bland description of this society by using words such as "cubicles of the hierarchy"[2],"metronomic"[2], and "practiced motion"[3]. Line after line is sprinkled...

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