Essay On Utopian Society

1056 WordsDec 5, 20175 Pages
Both “2BR02B” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr and “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” by Ursula Le Guin, depict ideal utopian societies where citizens live in peace and happiness. However, these societies have flaws that prove to be unideal for life. Upon closer examination, one sees that these societies function with a set social and class structure in mind, as well as providing their citizens with a scapegoat for their problems. Vonnegut opens his short story, “2BR02B”, with a description of the perfect society saying, “There were no prisons, no slums, no insane asylums, no cripples, no poverty, no wars” (Vonnegut 88). The utopian society in “2BR02B” has conquered all of these miseries and more, including old age and all diseases; however, the…show more content…
This child martyr allows life in Omelas to function as a perfect utopia, provided that “there may not even be a kind word spoken to the child (Guins 4). The citizens of Omelas know “that their happiness, the beauty of their city, the tenderness of their friendships, the health of their children, the wisdom of their scholars, the skill of their makers, even the abundance of their harvest and the kindly weathers of their skies, depend wholly on this child's abominable misery” (Guins 3). They justify the beatings and cruelty done to this child by knowing they will always live in a perfect society, and would rather sacrifice the happiness of the child than the happiness of the entire population. The relationship of the citizens and the child corresponds to a set class structure where the wealthy, or upper class, control the lives of the poor lower class. By refusing to give up their happiness, they take complete control over the child’s life, surrendering to social and class structures. Dictionaries define utopian societies as societies that possess nearly perfect qualities. Both “2BR02B” and “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas”, have utopian societies as the setting of the stories. The large mural painting of the “very neat garden” illustrates the utopian society in 2BR02B (Vonnegut 89). The mural depicts
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