Essay Critical Analysis the Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas

1628 Words Apr 1st, 2014 7 Pages
James Lee

English 110 AA

Dr. M Brennan

February 16, 2014

In the short story “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin the theme is that in order to be truly happy, one must stand up for what’s right, even if it means leaving everything that they know. Society creates traditions and ways of thinking that are not easy for everyone to follow. In Omelas, the citizens have the choice to ignore the suffering of a child locked in a cellar, or leave the life and the city they are familiar with. The people of Omelas must ask themselves whether it is better for a child to suffer for the city’s happiness and wealth, or should the city suffer, just to give the child a shot at happiness? It is ironic because Omelas is a
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It is unclear whether the child is a boy or a girl. The child is almost 10 years old, but looks 6, very thin, and hardly speaks. The child is naked with a ‘mass of festered sores’ on its buttocks and thighs. The child is feeble minded, whether from birth or from fear, from social isolation or neglect, nobody knows. The antagonists are the residents of Omelas, The child playing the flute at the Festival of Summer, the old woman passing out flowers, the young riders on the horses waiting for the race to start, and the people who feed the child and kick it to make it stand. These people know the evil and injustice that is going on in their city, but ignore it for the sake of their own happiness. Where the child is, the setting is quite different; he lives in a cellar of a building or house. The room is very small and compact, maybe a broom closet and it is dark. Only a little bit of light comes through the cracks of the floor. There is one window, covered in spider webs across the room. The room also has one door and is always locked. The floor is made of damp dirt, and is dusty and foul smelling. The citizens of Omelas have a choice to either ignore the suffering of a child or fight for justice and leave their homes. The citizens must choose to allow an innocent child suffer to death or rid themselves from their perfect comfortable life in Omelas. The narrator begins to tell

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