The As A Moral Dilemma Essay

786 Words Jul 24th, 2016 4 Pages
The mere mention of martyrdom may arouse an array of reactions because of its association with killing, violence and/or death in everyone who is familiar with the practice; and although martyrdom is not limited to any person, religion, or society and often, we find ourselves faced with a moral dilemma. But at what cost, are we willing to sacrifice in order to be happy and/or to find what we consider true happiness? Many like to say true happiness is dependent upon various circumstances and/or situations, yet we sometimes base and compare happiness on the misfortunes of others. The means by which people attempt to achieve these goals are mischievous an evil. The martyr theme is represented heavily in the works of LeGuin and Marquez; of which I intend to compare and contrast how the characters of both short stories experiences with this sadistic belief.

Visualize living in a twisted and bizarre society where everyone’s happiness is dependent upon the suffering of one child. Is the pain and the inhumane treatment of this one person worth the bliss of an entire community? The characters of “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” find themselves faced with an ethical dilemma; depicted through the analogy of the abandoned child in this utopian society. The story opens, with a vivid description of perfection LeGuin writes about the “houses with red roofs and painted walls, between old moss-grown gardens and under avenues of trees”, we are pulled in picturing perfection (LeGuin…

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