Compare And Contrast The Lottery And The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas

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Some of the most well-known literary works depict dystopian societies. A dystopia is a community that is built on squalor, oppression, and human misery. Two of the most powerful depictions of a dystopia are Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” and Ursula K. LeGuin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.” Both stories are alike in which they contain a scapegoat, one who suffers to keep the town’s utopian façade intact; however, each story has a different scapegoat and the characters have different methods of torment.
Each story contains a disturbing ritual in which a scapegoat must suffer. In “The Lottery,” the scapegoat was chosen every year on June 27. Each citizen picked a piece of paper from a beaten black box, and whoever chose the

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