The Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas
February 18, 2013
The Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas is to some people, a very disturbing story; but, it is nothing short of the truth when speaking of today’s society. Can a city really exist where there is nothing but happiness forevermore? No, it cannot, not without consequences; as shown in Le Guin’s story. Good vs. Evil is a definite underlying theme in The Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas. The goodness and happiness in the city of Omelas comes only by the misery and sacrifice of an innocent child. Good cannot exist without evil. In this story, the child helps the people of Omelas measure their own happiness; because if the child in the cellar was not so
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When I first started reading this story, I did not really read into everything being perfect as a falsehood. I just thought oh, this is just another made up fiction story with more perfect characters. But then, I read the passage about the poor child and I had to read it twice because I could not believe that such a perfect and wonderful city thrived off of the misery of that defenseless child. Though, now that I reflect on it, it is not really that surprising. I like to think not but sometimes, I as well as many other people in our world can be like the people of Omelas. Sometimes I can get so caught up in my own life and making things better for myself that I forget that away in some third world country children are starving to death. I think that is one thing that Le Guin was trying to display. That we need to start thinking outside of our own little infinite minds and see the big picture of the world, no matter how awful or disgusting it may sometimes be. At first I was on the side of the people who walked away because who could live happily while they know that the reasons behind it are so horrible? But even though the people walked away, it does not help the fact that the child is still locked away under the city.
I think Le Guin wrote this story in order to try and show her readers how selfish and callus