Repent, Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman Analysis

Harlan Ellison

Historical Context

McCarthyism and the Cold War
In the two decades before the writing of ‘‘‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman,’’...

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Literary Style

Allusions
Literary allusions are references to familiar characters, real people, events, or concepts used to make an idea more...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

Sources
Adams, Stephen, ‘‘The Heroic and the Mock-Heroic in Harlan Ellison’s ‘Harlequin,’’’ in Extrapolation, Vol. 26, No. 4, Winter 1985, pp. 285–89.

Bryant, Earle V., ‘‘Ellison’s ‘‘‘Repent, Harlequin!’’ Said the Ticktockman,’’’ in the Explicator, Vol. 59, No. 3, Spring 2001, pp. 163–65.

De Los Santos, Oscar, ‘‘Clogging Up the (In)Human Works: Harlan Ellison’s Apocalyptic Postmodern Visions,’’ in Extrapolation, Vol. 40, No. 1, 1999, pp. 5–20.

Dillingham, Thomas F., ‘‘Harlan Ellison,’’ in Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 8, American Science Fiction Writers, edited by David Cowart and Thomas...

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Compare and Contrast

1960s: The use of technology grows dramatically during the decade. Supercomputers are linked together to increase their power, and...

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Topics for Further Study

Read Thoreau’s 1849 essay, ‘‘Civil Disobedience.’’ What are the circumstances in which Thoreau wrote this essay? What are the main...

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Media Adaptations

‘‘‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman’’ was adapted as a graphic novel in 1997 by Ellison and illustrator Rick Berry. The...

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What Do I Read Next?

Beginning in the 1940s, Isaac Asimov wrote a series of short stories and novels concerning the interaction between robots and humans. Most...

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