Analysis Of The Ones Who Walk Away From Memelas By Le Guin

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Everyone knows what it feels like to have expectations put onto them. Expectations the come from personal experience or from other people. A need to improve and do better, have the next generation be better than the previous one. Expectations that will hopefully help to motivate someone and encourage them to be the best that they can be. Yet sometimes expectations can have the complete opposite effect on someone. Destroying them from the inside out and causing them to suddenly not care anymore. Expectations are fickle things that have the power to change a single person. Characterization helps readers to to see these gradual changes in a person when expectations come to clash. A personal expectation, or a societal expectations everyone had …show more content…
Most of the time people tend to become two faced when it comes to different groups of people. We let expectations dictate our actions and emotions when it comes to certain people. In the story, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Le Guin, shows readers a good example of through the use of characterization of the people within this town handles expectations. Le Guin demonstrates, “The terms are strict and absolute, there may not even be a kind word spoken to the child” (1314). This quote refers tot he horrifying act that the town continues to commit against an innocent child all for the sake of the rest of the town. An exchange for the happiness and prosperity of the town one much suffer for the sake of the town. This causes many of the people in the town to not try and do anything to help the child, even if they want to. The expectation is placed upon everyone's shoulders that if one person is to forsake a rule and demise the town, they are not to help the child in the closet. They are not to comfort or be kind to the child for it will doom the town. So the people in the light treat each other with kindness, happiness,and overflowing joy. Just do not expect them to treat the child in the broom closet the same way. Going back to “Cathedral”, the narrator evolved as a character with how he acted towards the blind man. Building up all of these opinions and thoughts about what a …show more content…
Society has the biggest impact on people than most would like to admit. Within the story, “Those Who Walk Away from Omelas”, the people are most certainly influenced by society. With the child being trapped in the basement within a closet, people come to see the child. Yet not all of them are so accepting of the rules. Accepting the fact to just ignore the child or accept the fact that this is happening. Le Guin goes into detail, “At times one of the adolescent girls or boys who go to see the child does not go home to weep or rage, does not, in fact, go home at all” (1315). There are rules in place that the people are just supposed to willingly accept the harsh reality of what the town is doing. They come to the conclusion that they cannot just stand by, yet they know they are powerless to help the child. They go against their feelings and instincts to help the child. Yet choose the town and the people over helping one innocent child. So they do the only thing they can then do, leave the town and never look back. That leaves behind this amazing town is better than staying and knowing the dark and deep secret that the people choose to hide. Sometimes not an entire town is all act the same way. A single person can be affected differently, yet not in a negative way. Sandburg talk about, “What shall he tell that son? 'Life is hard; be steel; be a rock.' And this might stand

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