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The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

Why do people walk away from Omelas in the short story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"?   

To their undying shame, the vast majority of people in Omelas seem to have no problem with the fact that the happiness and stability of their society are dependent on the abuse of an innocent...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2020 10:35 am UTC

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Where are "the ones who walk away from Omelas" going?

Although "they seem to know where they are going," there is a moral ambiguity about the choice of the few who walk away from Omelas; for, in leaving Omelas to make their own destinies free of a...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2010 8:05 am UTC

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What literary devices are there in "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"?

Polysyndeton refers to using several conjunctions in a row to achieve a dramatic effect. That can be seen in this sentence about the child: The child used to scream for help at night, and cry a...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2019 4:21 am UTC

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Does "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" relate to American culture today?

I would suggest that Ursula K. LeGuin's "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" has a universality about it such that it can quite possibly be applied to just about any society or culture in human...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2019 8:10 pm UTC

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What is Omelas's connection to real life in "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"?

One way to think about the story is to understand it as a comment on modern society and the imagination. In this way of thinking, the narrator assumes that the reader will have a hard time...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2019 1:30 pm UTC

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The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas Symbolism

The child who is locked up in "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" represents a scapegoat. The subtitle of Le Guin's story is "Variations on a Theme by William James." This subtitle indicates that...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2017 4:11 am UTC

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In "The Ones Who Walk Away from Ornelas," what does Le Guin mean by this quote? "Happiness is based on a just...

Le Guin is stating the formula for the happiness that characterizes the fictional city of Ornelas. She is saying that happiness is based on the ability to tell the difference among what are...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2010 1:28 am UTC

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In "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas," who is the narrator? What are her feelings about Omelas, particularly about...

The narrator has such specific and detailed knowledge of Omelas that it seems as though he or she might have lived there once. The narrator knows what the life of the children is like, what the...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2018 12:43 am UTC

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What is mood or tone of "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"?

In the short story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," the author poses some serious questions to the reader. As the story opens, the mood appears quite joyful and idyllic. The Festival of Summer...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2018 5:08 pm UTC

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What is the function of the suffering child in "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"?

The suffering child in LeGuin's story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" is the scapegoat for the misery of others, so that the others are able to live in comfort and happiness. The concept which...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2016 9:14 pm UTC

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What are the major themes of the story "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas?"

"The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" is a deeply philosophical work, designed as a kind of thought experiment concerning moral philosophy. This is a story that focuses on utopianism and its costs....

Latest answer posted January 9, 2020 4:50 pm UTC

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In "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," what is meant in the following quote?  "The trouble is that we have a bad...

In Ursula K. LeGuin's "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," happiness and misery are juxtaposed in an extreme setting. In the city of Omelas, every person is happy: there is a festival atmosphere,...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2017 1:10 pm UTC

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How would you describe the city of Omelas?  

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...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2018 3:22 pm UTC

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What is the tone of the story "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas?"

Ursula K. Le Guin is an award-winning science-fiction and fantasy author, so the tone of the story "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas" is poetic, almost as a fable. The opening lines set the...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2012 2:15 am UTC

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Can you give me a one-sentence summary capturing the main points and message of "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"?...

"The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" is more of a thought experiment than a conventional short story. It poses a moral question: is our collective happiness and well-being morally acceptable when...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2019 8:05 am UTC

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How would you describe the conflict in the story, "The Ones Who Walk from Omelas"? Is there a protagonist and an...

I would describe the main conflict in this story as one existing between character and society. The narrator tells us that all young people are informed of and offered the opportunity to go and see...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2018 1:51 am UTC

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Why does everyone in the city have to be aware of the existence of the child?

The short story "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas" by Ursula K. Le Guin begins with a description of the joyous people of the city celebrating the Festival of Summer. The children are happy, and...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2019 2:57 pm UTC

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Is there any implied criticism of our own society in the story in Ursula LeGuin's "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"?

LeGuin’s story is a definite criticism of any society that condones suffering. Although is was originally published in the 1970’s, its lesson unfortunately still applies to our current world. The...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2019 12:34 am UTC

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What is life like in the city Omelas?

At first glance Omelas is very much a utopian society—it is not a city with all our modern trappings, but the narrator stresses that this does not mean the people of Omelas are simple. They are...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2016 5:27 pm UTC

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What is the main rhetorical device used in "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula K. Le Guin?

The main rhetorical or persuasive device Le Guin uses in "The Ones who Walk Away from Omelas" is pathos, or an appeal to emotion. Le Guin would like us as readers to have an emotional response of...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2018 5:18 pm UTC

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What might a utilitarian say to try to justify the Omelas system?

Utilitarianism is a philosophy that values the happiness of the majority over that of the minority. Therefore, if the happiness of a few people must be sacrificed to ensure that most people are...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2019 10:03 pm UTC

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What is meant by: "They were not simple folk, you see, though they were happy. But we do not say the words of cheer...

In describing the citizens of Omelas, the narrator says, They were not simple folk, you see, though they were happy. But we do not say the words of cheer anymore. All smiles have become archaic....

Latest answer posted June 21, 2018 2:06 pm UTC

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Could you please give me an example of a metaphor in the story, "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula...

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...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2009 8:02 am UTC

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What is the narrator's attitude toward "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula K. Le Guin?

For the majority of the short story, the narrator conveys a detached resignation to the bargain on which this society rests. The child who is held in captivity is described in factual, neutral...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2019 10:22 pm UTC

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In "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" is this society utopia or dystopia and why?

The classic story "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas" by Ursula K. Le Guin begins with an elaborate description of the Festival of Summer in a seemingly-idyllic bright-towered city by the sea. The...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2019 4:27 pm UTC

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What is a good thesis statement using the terms "happiness," "mood," and "morals" that apply to the story "The Ones...

The society that Ursula K. Le Guin depicts in the story is intended to provide everything that its people need. Those needs are deemed obvious by the society’s rulers, who determine that happiness...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2019 5:22 am UTC

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In "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," how is religion, economic or social class addressed in this story to develop...

With respect, I think you are slightly mistaken in your conclusions about this story. You are right in thinking that there are two groups of characters that are presented: those who stay, and those...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2011 6:32 pm UTC

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What is the subject,occasion and audience for the story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"?

Considered a political and moral allegory by many, "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" has had as an alternate title, "Variations on a Theme by William James." For, Ursula LeGuin wrote this story...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2014 12:34 pm UTC

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What is the narrator's opinion of Omelas in Ursula K. Le Guin's "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"?

The narrator of "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" does not seem capable of giving a straightforward account of Omelas. For one thing, Le Guin subtitles her story parenthetically, "Variations on...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2009 11:57 am UTC

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What kind of technology does Omelas have?

Omelas doesn't really have much in the way of technology, and that's how the people who live there like it. They're perfectly happy to live in what most people might regard as a primitive society,...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2020 11:29 am UTC

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Is Omelas a true utopia in "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula Le Guin?

A utopia is a place in which everything is perfect. One might imagine, then, that every individual in a utopia needs to feel valued and happy, and no one must be made to feel "less than" or...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2018 2:48 pm UTC

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In "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula LeGuin, why do the people who walk away from Omelas go alone?

In Ursula Le Guin's "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," the Utopian society that thrives on the sacrifice of a single child is a poignant allegory for many timeless themes in literature such as...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2016 12:20 am UTC

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In "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," what is the relationship between happiness and necessity?

According to the narrator of "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," "Happiness is based on a just discrimination of what is necessary, what is neither necessary nor destructive, and what is...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2016 8:36 pm UTC

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What meaning about the world comes from the symbols and the inclusion of the reader in LeGuin's "The Ones Who Walk...

That ambiguities exist in the direction of LeGuin's "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" is apparent as there exist two titles for this story. The second one, "Variations on a theme by William...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2009 10:07 am UTC

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What do you think about the narrator’s statement in The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas that “Happiness is based on a...

In Ursula LeGuin’s short story, society is held together by mutual willingness to designate a child to function as the scapegoat. People believe that their personal happiness cannot be achieved by...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2020 12:36 am UTC

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Does the narrator live in Omelas? What do we know about the narrator's society?

The narrator is not a resident of Omelas. While the narrator is unaware of societies outside Omelas, they are also unaware of certain aspects of Omelas society -- asking the reader to imagine or...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2017 4:59 pm UTC

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Who is considered to be the narrator in "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas?"

This is a very interesting question. Simply put, there is little definitive as to the identity of the narrator. There are some hints that allow for an analysis as to who the narrator could be....

Latest answer posted August 22, 2011 7:41 pm UTC

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What role does the tormented child play in the story "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas?"

In "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas," the utopian society of Omelas is whatever the reader makes of it; it can be as urban or rural as desired. However, the entire fantasy of Omelas is dependent...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2012 2:27 am UTC

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What type of dystopias are used in "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"?

This brilliant short story posits a dystopian world that, to begin with at least, seems to be remarkably un-dystopian. We are presented with a world where everything seems to be happy and good, and...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2011 7:59 am UTC

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Whats are some literary/rhetorical devices in "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"?

The story begins with a great deal of imagery: With a clamor of bells that set the swallows soaring, the Festival of Summer came to the city Omelas, bright-towered by the sea. The rigging of the...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2017 9:50 pm UTC

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Explain the climax and resolution of the story "The Ones Who Go Away from Omelas" by Ursula K. Le Guin. 

“The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin describes a utopian society. It seems to be what one would think the Garden of Eden might have been like if Eve had not listened to the...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2012 12:16 am UTC

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What is the dark secret of "The One who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula K. Le Guin ?  

Essentially, the dark secret in LeGuin's story is that everyone's happiness in Omelas is dependent on the abuse and neglect of a child. Consider this line from the enotes summary of the story:...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2010 12:58 am UTC

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Explain how the people of Omelas are validated or not validated by their ritual in "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas."

In Omelas, the happiness of the many depends on the suffering of one innocent child, who is forced to live a loveless life and is hungry, covered in sores, and mired in filth so that the rest of...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2020 4:04 am UTC

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In the short story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," how do symbol, allegory, and fantasy play a role in the story?

The suffering child in the story can be interpreted as a symbol of "otherness," of someone (or, allegorically, as a group) who is thought of as less than the privileged majority. In the story,...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2018 4:38 pm UTC

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How would you compare "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" and "Harrison Bergeron"? What is the contrast between the...

Both stories take place in a fantasy society which enforces conformity to soul damaging norms. Both stories are didactic, written to teach the reader cautionary lessons about troubling trends in...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2018 1:30 pm UTC

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What is the effect of the author stating that Omelas may or may not be?

In "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas," a short story by Ursula Le Guin, the narrator describes in detail a happy city of people who are celebrating a blissful and beautify "Festival of Summer,"...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2016 5:41 pm UTC

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Some themes in this story are Morality, Victimization, Guilt and Innocence, and Happiness. Using these themes, what...

Interestingly, Le Guin's story, "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" is subtitled "Variations on a Theme by Williams James." James, the older brother of psychologist and author Henry James,...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2009 2:59 am UTC

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In Ursula K. LeGuin's short story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," what does the child in the closet represent ?

One way to interpret the symbolic significance of the mistreated child in Ursula K LeGuin’s short story “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” is to see the child as symbolizing the suffering the...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2011 1:55 pm UTC

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Why is the treatment of the boy justified in "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas?" I have to write an essay about this.

The treatment of the child is justified because, according to some unspecified terms upon which the society is based, the happiness of the society is dependent upon the child's sacrifice. The...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2010 2:55 pm UTC

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How is "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas" an allegory?

To answer this question, we first need to establish what an allegory is. In a nutshell, an allegorical story is one that can be unpacked to reveal a hidden meaning, moral, or deeper truth. There is...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2020 7:08 pm UTC

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