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Kate Campbell October 9, 2007 Humanities 101 U- Dr. Sweitzer Summary and Analysis 2 Le Guin’s short story “Those Who Walk Away from Omelas” portrays a utilitarian utopia, called Omelas. In this story, one child from the utopia is locked away and tortured. Because of this one tortured child, the rest of the citizens of Omelas are able to live a completely happy, painless life. The idea of this perfect lifestyle for the citizens of Omelas at the price of one child’s suffering is a prime example of utilitarianism. One child is tortured so that the rest of the society can be happy. Le Guin suggests that utilitarianism is just as unfair and morally wrong than any other torture situation. “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” is a short story depicting a utopia called Omelas. The citizens live in a society where they do not suffer, feeling no pain or guilt. However, this paradise comes with the price, where one anonymous child is taken away from his home and tortured. This child is locked away in a small cellar, barely being fed, and living in its own excrement (Le Guin 281). Occasionally, a person or several people will come in to beat “it” or cast disgusted looks upon “it”. When the other children of Omelas are old enough, about eight
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