The Ones Who Walk Away From 1861-1865

1519 WordsSep 22, 20167 Pages
To Walk or Not to Walk Most people learn in their youth a rather disappointing truth about reality that is best expressed in the words of a popular proverb: all that glitters is not gold. Ursula Le Guin’s short story “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” reminds readers that sometimes things really are too good to be true. The city of Omelas is cunningly portrayed as the embodiment of a utopian society; however, ironically the roots of this seemingly perfect community seem to be firmly planted in a foundation of evil. The unceasing happiness, intelligence, and health enjoyed by the citizens of Omelas are only able to exist because a single orphaned child is kept in absolute solitude and misery in a basement below the sunny streets of the city. Through the use of the allegorical utopia Omelas, Le Guin urges the reader to explore the principles of morality in a way that can directly be applied to real world contexts and inspire change. First of all, Le Guin effectively instills an awareness and understanding of the dilemma of moral responsibility that is faced by the citizens of Omelas within the story by prompting the reader to interact with the plot. To illustrate, Le Guin not only intentionally writes in the second person at times, but she actually leaves integral portions of the narrative up to the reader’s own imagination. Throughout the lengthy description of all that the grand city of Omelas has to offer, Le Guin invites the readers to make the city match their own
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