How would you describe the city of Omelas?  

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Le Guin's fictional city of Omelas is initially described as utopian. The story opens with an explanation of the city as it prepares for the Festival of Summer. Amidst the preparations, the weather is perfect and the people are joyful. Le Guin writes: "In other streets the music beat faster, a shimmering of gong and tambourine, and the people went dancing, the procession was a dance. Children dodged in and out, their high calls rising like the swallows' crossing flights over the music and the singing . . . boys and girls, naked in the bright air, with mud-stained feet and ankles and long, lithe arms . . . "

The narrator, after establishing setting, then goes into explaining her perspective on the way this city functions through the lives of its citizens. The narrator is clear that the citizens are complex and passionate people living in a setting of happiness. The elements of society that often cause controversy in reality have no such effect in Omelas. She explains that she believes...

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