Analysis Of Ursula Le Guin 's ' The Ones Who Walk Away From Your '

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Ursula Le Guin illustrates a hypothetical city where the happiness of an entire society depends on the eternal agony of one child. In her narration of The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas, she begins by describing the gathering of city people to a festival. The author maintains a rather vague depiction of the authenticity of the city, claiming that the details of their relation of technology, drugs, or sex for example to ours are simply irrelevant. The main importance that Ursula Le Guin stresses that her audience understands is that people of Omelas are happy. The source of the happiness exist not as result of things necessarily, they are simply happy. There exist no purpose for soldiers, bombs, priest, or powerful Kings to keep the city in order. The author reflects she knows little about their laws but presumes they are kept at a minimum. The only absolute the author does however point out is that there is no guilt in Omelas. After proposing Omelas as a blissful and fairytale like state, the author reveals where the source of all happiness in the city derives from. Ursula Le Guin pronounces that in a small and dark corner of the city where only a “little light seeps in dustily between cracks” exist a child that lives each day in misery (Le Guin, 265). No one speaks to the child but people do go to view the reality of the stories that were told to them by their parents as children. Most of the viewers are young, and not all of them even understand why the child is…

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