The Ones That Walk Away From Omelas And The Lottery

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In both works, “The Ones That Walk Away From Omelas” by Ursula K Leguin and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, the authors show sacrifice. This essay will compare the differences and similarities in the stories, and how these sacrifices add to the fulfillment of their lives, success, and happiness. Both short stories have sacrifices that either add to or affect in some way the quality of the people’s lives. They both make a sacrifice that is very big to some and almost meaningless to others. One way the sacrifice adds to the people of Omelas’ lives is by keeping the child locked away in the cellar, the town can have happiness. “People went dancing.” and “A cheerful faint sweetness of the air from time to time trembled and gathered together and broke out into the great joyous clanging of bells” (LeGuin, 1). Prove that this sacrifice brought good things in their lives. They sacrifice the life of one so that their lives will be greater, “the victory they celebrate is that of life.” (LaGuin, 1). The short…show more content…
The people of Omelas get to experience “The sense of victory, surely, the celebration of courage.” (LeGuin, 1). They even speak about “The joy built upon successful slaughter is not the right kind of joy; it will not do; it is fearful and it is trivial.” (LeGuin, 1). Which differs greatly from “The Lottery” seeing as their sacrifice is basically just a slaughter whereas in “The One’s That Walk Away From Omelas” they only make a child suffer continually, rather than killing them. Either way both receive success from these horrid sacrifices. Without the sacrifice both utopian societies would be anything but perfect. For “The One’s Who Walk Away From Omelas” success is simply having fast little trains and no guilt for anyone in the town. In “The Lottery” their main success is yielding a perfect crop season, “Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.”(Jackson,
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