The Ones Who Walk Away

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One of the most prevalent unanswered questions that readers have about “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” is where is the place that those who walk away are going to (Scoville 2016). In the story, the narrator themselves cannot even perceive this place. They leave Omelas, they walk ahead into the darkness, and they do not come back. The place they go towards is a place even less imaginable to most of us than the city of happiness. I cannot describe it at all. It is possible that it does not exist. But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas (LeGuin 8). LeGuin states that those who leave the town of Omelas “walk ahead into the darkness” (8), which further conveys how unfathomable this unknown place is…show more content…
It is so thin there are no calves to its legs; its belly protrudes; it lives on a half-bowl of corn meal and grease a day. It is naked. Its buttocks and thighs are a mass of festered sores, as it sits in its own excrement continually. They all know it is there, all the people of Omelas (LeGuin 7). It is revealed to readers that all of the citizens of Omelas know of this child being stored in a murky dirty cellar. Due to this fact and how the people of Omelas do nothing to help the child verifies the existence of evil in the new story world the narrator has crafted (Posella 3). Additionally, this is an unmistakable act of evil and selfishness made by the people of Omelas to let such a horrid event occur, the suffering of one child for the happiness of all, which is the devil’s bargain in this story (Scoville 2016). Thus, the main inquiry concerning this is why must the town of Omelas be built this way. One reason that the narrator abandons an ideal perfect story world and goes into one full of evil instead is due to the notion that evil is interesting to individuals and that readers want to hear about such brutality like a child be inhumanely treated (Scoville 2016). However, this idea is overly generalized and does not apply to everyone (Posella 3). Another reason may be that, in relation to real life, even though the world may seem perfect, people still suffer. While the majority are aware of this, they still continue on with their lives as long as they
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