The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas Questions and Answers
by Ursula K. Le Guin

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In "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula K. Le Guin, why does the narrator have trouble describing the city?

The narrator of "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" has difficulty describing Omelas in part because it is a complex place, and in part to depict it as a general city. It is difficult to describe Omelas because the people are both happy and ignorant at the source of their happiness. They also engage in taboo behavior. It is tough to find words to capture such a place. The narrator’s vague descriptions also help Omelas come across as a city that could exist anywhere.

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In "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," the narrator is intentionally vague when describing the city. When the narrator questions how to describe certain details, it is because the narrator wants Omelas to come across in a particular way.

The narrator questions how to describe certain parts of Omelas, such as what the citizens are like. While this may make it seem as if the narrator does not know, the detail the narrator does include proves...

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