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Madonna Nguyen English 102, Prof. Kirst September 7, 2015 Reading Response 2 The story, “The Ones Who Walked away from Omelas,” by Ursula K. Le Guin was quite and interesting read. In this story, Omelas is a Utopian city of happiness whose people are smart and well cultured. Everything about Omelas was amusing and perfect, but in order to keep the city’s happiness, an unfortunate child has to suffer and live in misery. I had to read this story twice maybe three times to make sure I was getting the correct context. And when I was sure of the context, I felt cold and found this story extremely creepy. The idea of the city is kind of cool, a city where everybody lives a perfect life without despair or sorrow, while an unfortunate child absorbs all of their pain and misery. But the most twisted part is, when the people of Omelas come of age, the have to observe that unfortunate child, and yet, nobody saves the child. On the other hand, people that couldn’t accept the idea, simply walk away from Omelas. I question
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Unformatted text preview: humanity knowing that there are people who would stay at Omelas and continue to live their perfect life, at the expense of another life. But then, the people that walk away from Omelas wouldn’t exactly be considered as a saint either because they just left that child there to suffer, it’s like walking away from their problems. This literary work is actually quite amazing, a simple story that makes the reader ponder about life itself, people go through pain and misery sometime in their life, would I accept to live with that pain and misery or let some unfortunate child live it for me? Of course letting some unfortunate child live it for me sounds very tempting, but I wouldn’t be able to live a happy and perfect life, in exchange for a child’s misery. This story proves that all good things are too good to be true, because there’s always a catch....
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