Analysis Of Ursula Le Guin's The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas

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A dystopia is an imagined state where people live dehumanized lives often in fear of an eminent being. Dystopian literature is used to portray social issues, unfairness in society, history, or to simply mock something or someone. In Ursula Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” and Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s “2BR02B” these short stories are extreme in content but share purpose. Life is implied to be plentiful and fulfilled in both scenarios, however, to perfect life extreme measures are taken. In “The Ones Who Walked Away From Omelas”, the town thrives in happiness, but uses a child as a scapegoat. In “2BR02B”, a population of only forty million people is controlled by gas chambers. Every time someone is born someone must die; unfortunately, …show more content…
Everyone in town knows who the child is but he is disregarded. The individuals that cannot live knowing the reason for their happiness leave. They walk down between yellow-lit windows out the beautiful gates of Omelas (Le Guin 4). This relates to being Christ like because someone suffers for others enjoyment. According to the Bible, Christ died for everyone sins but for those who believe in why he did will have everlasting life (John 3:16). The child represents Jesus Christ because he takes on the guilt of the town. The people who are aware of the child represent non-believers. Non-believers, do not claim Christ to be the son of God and that he died for their sins. The ones who walked away are believers because they understand that sacrifices have been made for their happiness and enjoyment but are ashamed that someone must take on their guilt for them to …show more content…
In Simon’s journal she discussed how rules cannot change because people want to refrain from the truth. In “The Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas” no matter how angry they get about the child they still understand why it exist. The child strongly represents Christ, but what if its God that walked and not the non-believers as mentioned earlier. God knew that his son was going to die when he sent him to. The ones that walked away could be God’s wrath on sinful humanity “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them”(Romans 1 18-19). Even though God was aware that this was going to happen he was still upset because instead of having all humanity suffer he sent his son

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