Essay on The Ones Who Walk Away From 1861-1865

1586 Words Oct 12th, 2015 7 Pages
When experiencing the pressure of being involved in a dilemma, many individuals tend to make terrible decisions rather than reasonable ones. When an individual has realized the error of their decisions they tend to wish that they had thought over their choice more clearly. Some times people tend to walk away and avoid making any decision at all even though the result will involve them being stuck in a troubled situation. Such conditions are discussed in Ursula LeGuin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” which tells the story of a tortured, nameless child. This nameless child’s torture had brought joy to citizens of the city of Omelas. This child being tortured gave the citizens a positive outlook in their lives, to them everything was right with the world as long as this child faced terrible circumstances and treatment. At times, there are two types of people of the citizens of Omelas, the individuals who have a consequentialist state of mind and the individuals who have a rationalist state of mind. The consequentialists believe that as long as the nameless child is treated with pain and misery, then they will live stable lives filled with happiness and with no inconveniences. On the other hand, the rationalists believe that it is wrong to mistreat the nameless child for their own selfish reasons. In her story, LeGuin reveals such behaviors of a rationalist and a consequentialist through the dilemma and dispute of people who believe in the basic principles and moral…

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