Omelas Alienation

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Reeaz Parbat
ENG 126
Prof. Theresa Rooney
Formal Paper# 1 – Alienation
In Ursula K. Le Guin’s writing on ‘The ones Who Walk Away From Omelas’ explains how the little child had been isolated from the people of the town while Nathaniel Hawthorne through ‘Young Goodman Brown’ illustrates Goodman Brown reactions as a result of the Devil’s actions which made him feel depressed by his own family’s actions. Been isolated from the outside world or from the truth has led to one profiting from the unruly act that is alienation. Alienation is the drastic difference between someone experiencing something that socially benefits others and someone who does not because of lack of common values or sheer discernment. Ursula K. Le Guin in her writing explores this aspect of alienation, discernment by the community members of Omelas towards the child whereas Nathaniel Hawthorne, shows how someone can benefit from alienation, in this case; the devil knew Goodman Brown was naïve about his family’s history which he was alienated from, therefore took the advantage to show him their true evil ways of living.
Though Le Guin in her writing on ‘The ones Who Walk Away From Omelas’ did not provide exactly as to why the child was been isolated in the first place, however, with speculation with regards to the community, deduced that they needed something or someone to which their perfection, beauty and unending happiness can be compared copiously to. They know without the existence of the
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