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The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas | Study Guide

Ursula K. Le Guin

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Overview

Author

Ursula K. Le Guin

Year Published

1973

Type

Short Story

Genre

Allegory, Philosophy, Science Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

"The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" is told from the perspective of an omniscient third-person narrator who occasionally wanders into the first person and addresses the audience.

Tense

"The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" begins in the past tense and then changes to present about halfway through the story.

About the Title

The city of Omelas, referenced in the title "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," is a fictional utopia—a place of perfect laws, government, and social conditions. The citizens who leave, or walk away from, Omelas do so in protest, not knowing where they are going or what lies beyond the city and its way of life.

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