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The Lottery 'And The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas'

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Both “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula K LeGuin feature societies dependent on the sacrifice of one to protect the many. Both short stories face the ideas of conformity, scapegoatism, and the perversion of innocence in different ways and allow the reader to see the true price of happiness. Members of both societies highlighted in these fictional short stories conform to the ideology of the desperate need for sacrifice, however a few disagree with the ideas their societies try to force on them. In “The Lottery”, many members of the community discuss getting rid of this unjust sacrifice. “‘Over in the north village they’re talking of giving up the lottery.’... ‘Pack of young fools’”(Jackson
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