Henry David Thoreau 's Civil Disobedience

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The two pieces of literature, Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” and Harlan Ellison’s “’Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman”, are two very distinct pieces of literature, but they are also very closely related. The quote is related to the short story because the concept of the quote is exemplified by the story. The machines are the people who conform, the leaders of the state by their heads are the Ticktockman and his staff, and the hero and enemy is Everett C. Marm, who is also known as the Harlequin. A way that the quote is exemplified in the story is that each element of the quote, the machines, leaders of the state by their heads, and the hero that is seen as an enemy, are personified in the short story. The first way the quote relates to the story is because the people who obey the Ticktockman and conform are the machines seen as good citizens. This ties in to the part of the quote where Henry David Thoreau states that they are a “mass of men that serve the state thus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies” (Thoreau) proving that they are not necessarily serving their country in order to be seen as good citizens, they are just following the rules set by the Ticktockman and given the title of esteemed citizens. By following the rules, they are no longer human, but machines because everything that they do is now programmed and timed so that they “do not have free exercise or judgment” (Thoreau) to do much of anything other than what is in their
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