“Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman


Harlan Ellison

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“Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman Symbols

Jelly Beans

In the story, the Harlequin uses “one hundred and fifty thousand” jelly beans in order to disrupt the movement of a conveyor belt leading workers to and from their factory jobs. The colorful candies serve…

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Masks and Costumes

In the story, both the Harlequin and the Ticktockman disguise themselves and assume a larger, symbolic identity. These masks and costumes represent the ways in which anonymity can lend greater power to individuals, allowing them…

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