What do you think that author is saying about modern society in "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"? 

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With its alternate title of "Variations on a Theme by William James," LeGuin's story challenges the sophistry of Pragmatism. In other words, this story of LeGuin explores how people interpret reality to fit their own needs, rationalizing their selection of a truth that is convenient for them. Omelas reflects a modern society which arranges a reality to fit its desires and needs.

"The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas " presents, at first, an idyllic society in...

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