Comparing The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas And The Lottery

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In the fictional stories “ The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “The Ones Who Who Walk Away From Omelas” by Ursula Le Guin, they both convey the idea of sacrifice must be upon the suffrage of others. Both short stories portray elements of similarities and differences such as how they sacrifice, setting, and the advantages of their sacrifice. In both short stories the authors begin with pleasant description of a beautiful summer day. In “The Ones who Walk Away From Omelas” the story begins describing the city of Omelas when the Festival of Summer came. “In the silence of the broad green meadows one could hear the music winding throughout the city streets” ( LeGuin, 1). “ The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green”(Jackson, 2). Portraying to the audience a…show more content…
“I will be good, it says. Please let me out. I will be good! They never answered. The child used to scream for help at night”(LeGuin, 3). “In the Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” the author achieved the idea of sacrifice must be upon the suffrage of others by using pathos to get an emotional reaction from the reader. The child is chosen to live a miserable unfair life to make the society prosper instead of having an easy death. While in “The Lottery” their form of sacrifice is stoning the chosen one to ensure they have a good harvest. “ Tessie Hutchinson was in the center of a cleared space by now, and she held her hands out desperately as the villagers moved in on her. It isn’t fair she said. A stone hit her side of the head.”(Jackson, 7). Even though their idea of sacrifice is cruel it’s fair because everyone is eligible to get chosen to sacrifice through the ticket. Therefore, the authors portrayed the idea of sacrifice must be upon the suffrage of others by choosing the method of
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