Omelas Essay

Omelas Essay - Ursula LeGuin's"The Ones Who Walk Away From...

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Ursula LeGuin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” paints a picture of what appears to be a utopia. It comes across as a perfect place, full of perfect things, and perfect people. However, in the back of every person’s mind lies a deep dark secret that is the sole reason of their existence. The story takes place in a city towering above the sea and surrounded by beautiful mountains in a far away place. The people of Omelas are full of joy and happiness always and run naked through the streets. There is no crime or war in Omelas, so there is no need for soldiers or government. There are few technological advances because the people of Omelas are happy with the way things are and always have been. In Omelas, the people often have celebrations and festivals to simply join together and celebrate the gift of life. It is understandable to wonder how these people can be so happy just to be alive and breathe the clean air of Omelas. There is a very good reason. In a small, dark basement across town, there is a small child sitting in the corner all alone.
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course EN 101 taught by Professor Schwartz during the Fall '06 term at Alabama.

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Omelas Essay - Ursula LeGuin's"The Ones Who Walk Away From...

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