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I think the ant world described in “Departmental,” by Robert Frost is a fitting metaphor for the society in the story, “’Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman,” by Harlan Ellison. The ant society in “Departmental” is based on keeping up with the pace and getting all of their duties done. An ant comes across another ant that has passes away and thinks to himself that if he runs across someone that works for the higher master he’ll tell him about it. Insinuating that if he doesn’t run into anyone he is not going out of his way to let anyone know about. The ants are described as “being a curious race, [but are not] impressed” or bothered by their dead. (715)
The ant society is described or portrayed as one that is very “departmental.” If you are a mere worker that is what you do. It is not your job to do the work of those above you. If there is something that needs to be done, but is beyond your level you are to keep on with your own duties and not get of...
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