The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas Analysis

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What would happen if an utopia wasn’t all that perfect on the inside? Judging by just the appearance of something may lead to a situation of regret and confusion.” The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson address the theme of religious and traditional symbolism.” The Lottery” demonstrates how something that seems so perfect on the outside isn’t all that great on the inside. Symbolism shows the reader that there is a deeper message within the diction. “The Lottery” addresses the theme more successfully than “The Ones Who Walked Away from the Omelas” with the greater use of religious and traditional symbolism. The symbolisms in “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” are various, but “The…show more content…
“the black box grew shabbier each year; by now it was no longer completely black but splintered badly along one side to show the original wood color, and in some places faded and stained” (Jackson 374).The shabby black box represents the tradition of the lottery. The black box is nearly falling apart; hardly even black anymore after years of use and storage, but the villagers are don’t want to get another box. Their attachment is on nothing more than a story that claims that this black box was made from pieces of another, older black box. The lottery is filled with similar relics from the past that have supposedly been passed down from earlier days. These are part of the tradition, and no one wants to depart from. The lottery must take place in just this way because this is how it’s always been done. However, other lottery traditions have been changed or forgotten. The villagers use slips of paper instead of wood chips, for example. There is no reason why the villagers should be loyal to the black box yet disloyal to other relics and traditions, just as there is no logical reason why the villagers should continue holding the lottery at all. Both “The Lottery” and “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” show an abundance of religious symbolism. In “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas”, the author says that “there is a child down in a cellar in a basement. They referred to as ‘it’, because they can’t tell if it is a boy or girl” (382). This line is a
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