Could you please give me an example of a metaphor in the story, "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula LeGuin? What does this metaphor add to the story?

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In Le Guin's story, "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," the story itself as a parable is a metaphor.  For, the imaginary world of Omelas as an idyllic community is an unstated comparison of the child as an underclass in capitalistic Western Societies or a third-world country that works and suffers while the wealthy and properous profit from them.

That the society is pragmatic about this situation and agrees...

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