The Ones Who Walk Away From The Imaginary Place Of Omelas Essay

1005 Words Sep 29th, 2016 5 Pages
Imperfect Utopia
Ursula K. Le Guin in her short story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" writes of the imaginary place of Omelas. With the outwardly appearance of a utopia, Le Guin gives the readers all they need to solidify the image of a perfect town in their minds, only to use the antithesis between that image and that of the hidden child to create a thought provoking and philosophical aftertaste. The lingering mood is turned onto a single question at the end; where do the ones who walk away from Omelas go? Le Guin uses a stark contrast in the setting, a strong choice of diction, and even goes as far as breaking the fourth wall in the description of the town to create the right mood and better engage the reader in the question she wants all to answer for themselves. To start the story, there is a bright and exuberant city being described. This, of course, is the city of Omelas, “With a clamor of bells that set the swallows soaring, the Festival of Summer came to the city” (Le Guin 252). Being dropped right into it, the story launches into a description of the city of Omelas during their Festival of Summer. Unbenounced to first time readers, the facade is being put into place. With each word of Le Guin’s description of the city, the mask grows. A bright city, a happy city, a city whose inhabitants are radiant, insightful, cheery, not the dull grin found in the perfect utopias, instead ones of true happiness (Le Guin 253). Indeed this setting is a near perfect place as…

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