The Ones Who Walk Way From The By Ursula K. Le Guin And The Lottery

744 Words Oct 20th, 2016 3 Pages
When driving, two streets can be different, one flat and straight in direction and flat in grade and the other having comparatively harsh turns and steep hills, and yet they still bring you to the same location. The notion that it is comprehensible for one individual to suffer for the benefit of others has been the subject of numerous stories and books. In the stories “The Ones Who Walk Way From Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson the differences appear relatively minor when compared to the arresting comparisons they hold in the setting, themes, and sacrifice. Both of the stories open up with a description of a beautiful summer day. “The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green” (Para 1). This first sentence from “The Lottery” gives the audience a beautiful and happy image, or so they’d think, which is also comparable to the story “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”. “In the streets between houses with red roofs and painted walls, between old moss-grown gardens and under avenues of trees, past great parks and public buildings, processions moved” (Para 1). The settings are slightly different but the mood, in both cases, is identical to the community and the people are happy. The little town where “The Lottery” takes place is really not much more than a village. The reader gets the impression that there are a number of such…

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