Jan 15, Le Guin - The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas Jan 15...

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“The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” Jan 15 Ursula Le Guin Utopia vs. Dystopia utopia means “no place” story begins as a utopia o no institutions of inequality (ex. stock exchange, luxuries, gender inequality) o people only have what they need and nothing more Le Guin writes in the past tense in the opening sections, switches to the subjunctive on pg. 2, and then switches to the present/indicative at the bottom of pg. 3 o the past states things that actually happened o the subjunctive states possibilities and desires—conditional things o the present/indicative describes reality—the child in the closet there cannot be perfect equality in the world o there has to be suffering evil is an everyday existence that demands compromises, unhappiness, and suffering everyone in Omelas has made a deal, so they don’t think about the child’s suffering this is a specifically chosen, conscious happiness—a decision to not be guilty
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  • Spring '13
  • MelissaSanchez
  • Ursula K. Le Guin, Ursula Le Guin, Omelas, The Wind's Twelve Quarters

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