Essay about The Ones Who Walk Away

1293 Words Oct 9th, 2016 6 Pages
Ursula Le Guin’s short story, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas, doubles as a challenging thought experiment. It is also a great story to compare moral theories to and what they would do in the situation of the story. In this story, Guin describes the utopian city of Omelas and defines all of the wonderful features that are obtained. The author states that “Omelas sounds in my words like a city in a fairy tale” (Guin 2). Everyone in this city is happy and content beyond belief. Guin also states that “happiness is based on a just discrimination of what is necessary, what is neither necessary nor destructive, and what is destructive” (Guin 2). However, this happiness would not be possible without the sacrifice of one innocent child; this child is in too bad of shape to even tell its gender. The poor child “looks about six, but actually is nearly ten… perhaps it was born defective or perhaps it has become imbecile through fear, malnutrition, and neglect” (Guin 3). This child is locked up in a dusty cellar with little sunlight, mops, and a bucket on the opposite side. It is terrified of the mops and even closes its eyes and hopes for the mysterious things to disappear. The child “is naked. Its buttocks and thighs are a mass of festered sores, as it sits in its own excrement continually” (Guin 3). This innocent child is keeping the other citizens happy and loving life. How can they live their life knowing an innocent child is suffering in a basement somewhere just for their own…

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