An Analysis Of ' The Ones Who Walk Away From The ' Essay

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The Pressure to Conform and the Consequences in Three Literary Works
The play, Antigone, by Sophocles, the short story, “Salvation,” by Langston Hughes, and the short story, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” by Ursula K. Le Guin are three literary works that show that there is an overwhelming pressure to abide by the established societal standards of the majority but that there are undesirable consequences for those that are swayed by the veneer of tranquility that conformity offers as well as those that resist the status quo, whether for reasons of morality or self-interest, and choose rebellion.
Sophocles’ play, Antigone, is set in the time period of Ancient Greece and tells the story of the character Antigone rebelling against the new law of the King of Thebes that forbids the burial of her brother. The play makes clear that this is a military society that maintains peace and order with strict enforcement of the laws and severe punishment of those who break the laws. Immediately upon the beginning of the play the audience is made aware of the seriousness with which Antigone must consider her actions when she brings up her plan to bury Polyneices to her sister. Ismene is aghast that Antigone would even consider defying the laws set by the king as that is absolutely unheard of, especially as she is a female: “And do what he has forbidden! We are only women, / We cannot fight with men, Antigone! / The law is strong, we must give in to the law” (Sophocles Pro 47-9).…

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