The Ones Who Walk Away From 1861-1865

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Leguin writes a story that goes against the norms of science fiction in a supposedly sci fi story titled “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”. Her outlook on science fiction describes a story in which society resides in a dystopian utopia. The story takes place in a perfect world where joy is amongst most of its people. One person, well child, is treated poorly in order to maintain their idea of a perfect place. “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”, according to to our society may not serve as the best example of a science fiction literary work. Leguin writes a story about socialism, but does not include what most sci fi stories have which are a world of technology. Science Fiction are “Stories about how people and societies are affected by imaginary scientific developments in the future” (Webster, Merriam). ...Omelas does not mention anything about imaginary scientific developments. In fact, Leguin refers to a lot of things in the story as if the people would rather not have those things at all. She says “...the people of Omelas are happy people, ...happiness is based on a just discrimination of what is necessary, what is neither necessary nor destructive, and what is destructive” (Leguin, 2). She goes on to say “They could perfectly well have central heating...subway trains, washing machine and all kinds of marvelous devices not yet invented here...or they could have none of that; it doesn’t matter”(Leguin, 2) The norm of science fiction involves people with the most
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