omelas-sweep - Harjit Kaur English 201 Pete Howard Perfect...

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Harjit Kaur English 201 Pete Howard 3/19/09 Perfect Society In some societies there is a group or sometimes even a single person that has to sacrifice his or her own freedom and happiness for the benefit of their society. They do not do this because they want to but because they are forced in to it. They end up leading a life of oppression and sadness, so the rest of the society can maintain their happiness. The poor child in “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”, written by LeGuin, and the young boys in “The Chimney Sweeper” by Blake are both used by their own societies for selfish reasons. The city of Omelas is a perfect example of a utopia that could come straight out from a fairy tale, with the people in town seeming to be so cheerful and smiling and the description of the city being brought out with words of physical beauty and the sense of internal comforting emotions that give a delight. “In the streets between the 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.”(Le Guin 357) However in the city that appears to be a wonderful place, there is the torment of a poor defenseless child. Every one in the city knows the cruelty that is happening with the child, but no one takes any action to stop it. The abuse of this child is what gives them their happiness and beauty of their city The child serves a purpose so great for this society that the city tries its best to ignore it. One would think that nothing is worth what the child has to go through, but in this society it is. The author tries to explain that “happiness”, “health of their children”,
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This note was uploaded on 10/04/2010 for the course OT 450 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '10 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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