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The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

What do LeGuin's point of view, tone, and language in "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" suggest about her attitude...

Tone essentially refers to the author's attitude toward the text's subject. The narrator tries to describe the inhabitants of Omelas as real people; they are happy and peaceful, yes, but they are...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2020 8:49 pm UTC

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What is the origin of the term "scapegoat"?

A "scapegoat" was originally a goat driven off into the wilderness as part of the ceremonies of the Day of Atonement in Judaism. The idea was that the goat, having the sins of the people placed...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2009 11:01 am UTC

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Describe the fantasy elements in "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas." How does the fantasy reflect the conditions of...

The first main fantasy element in the story is that there is a perfect society. The story opens with a description of the Festival of Summer in Omelas: The rigging of the boats in harbor sparkled...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2019 11:48 pm UTC

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What is the theme in Le Guin's story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"? 

"The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" is a short story by Ursula Le Guin that employs the common literary trope of dystopia—an overly idealistic society that has reneged or collapsed on its morals....

Latest answer posted July 17, 2018 10:20 pm UTC

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While reading Ursula K. Le Guin's "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," at what point do you suspect that something...

The answer to that first question will vary from reader to reader. If you're particularly astute or just pretty cynical, you probably suspected that something was amiss in the town as soon as you...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2016 1:01 am UTC

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What is a good thesis statement for an essay in relation to the short story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"?

To be able to write a good thesis statement for an essay on "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula K. Le Guin, it is necessary to have a good grasp of what the short story is about, so...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020 3:23 pm UTC

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Who is more important in the story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula Le Guin: the group or the individual?

Certainly the group is considered to be more important by the people of Omelas, but the author seems to place more importance on the individual. In the text, the society of Omelas has made the...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2017 10:02 pm UTC

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Explore how "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" adresses the needs of the many outweighing the needs of the one child.

This becomes the central issue of the story. I think that LeGuin deliberately configures it so that the reader has to make this assessment for themselves. On one hand, the citizens of Omelas'...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2011 5:27 pm UTC

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Write an essay in which you define the characterization of the city of Omelas as a utopia. Use plenty of details and...

If I wrote this paper, I think I'd focus on the fact that this is not, in fact, a true utopian society. After all, everyone's happiness depends on the suffering of one innocent child, which is far...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2020 1:11 pm UTC

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Analyze "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" in terms of its importance.

The philosopher William James once wrote that "some people could not accept even universal prosperity and happiness if it depended on the deliberate subjugation of an idiot child to abuse it could...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2015 11:05 am UTC

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Conduct an analytical reading of "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by applying the post-colonial way of reading.

A postcolonial way of reading interprets a story using the "view from below." This is a way of reading a text from the point of view of the colonized and powerless rather than the powerful...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2020 10:08 pm UTC

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Was Omelas a free Society?

No, Omelas is not a free society. On the surface it gives that impression. People live generally devoid of consequences, and are able to make discussions freely. However, each citizen of Omelas...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2009 12:47 am UTC

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What is the theory considered for Omelas?

In theory, the city of Omelas is a perfect Utopian society. The perfection comes at a cost, which is the suffering of one child, a scapegoat, which makes the reader call in to question whether or...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2018 1:29 am UTC

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What is the child symbolizing in Ursula K. LeGuin's "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"?

In "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," the child symbolizes the disenfranchised in any society. The foundation of Omelas is built on the misery of this child: the happiness and joy of the entire...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2020 10:41 pm UTC

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The narrator abandons the description of the festival of summer at a crucial moment, just as it is about to begin,...

I think, with a question like this, you should keep in mind that "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" is not really written as a conventional short story. There isn't a clear narrative or sequence...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2020 2:22 am UTC

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Does the author seem to share that opinion?

Two opinions on the society of Omelas are expressed in the short story. Le Guin accepts one and rejects the other. The story shows that the beautiful society of Omelas rests on one innocent child...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2020 2:57 pm UTC

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What is the historical context of "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas"?

The short story by Ursula K. Le Guin was written in 1973 and addresses the concept of the scapegoat, an allusion to the biblical practice of ritually placing the responsibility for one's sins onto...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2019 3:09 pm UTC

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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?

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...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2020 7:42 pm UTC

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Compare the citizens that stay to those who walk away in "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas."

We don't learn much about the ones who walk away from their society, so we have to use clues from the story to imagine how they compare to those who stay. Most of the people in Omelas manage to...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2020 9:38 pm UTC

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Write an essay in which you define characterization of the city of Omelas as a utopia. Use plenty of details and...

Part of Le Guin's purpose in this story is to challenge our notions of utopia. In your essay, you need to be clear about the provisional nature of LeGuin's description. On the one hand, she...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2020 12:53 pm UTC

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What are three main points that illustrate the social inequaility in "The Ones who Walk Away from Omelas"? Not sure...

Let us just quickly remind ourselves of the key point to this brilliant story. The reason that the citizens of Omelas are able to enjoy such incredible and unbelievable wealth, prosperity and...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2011 6:34 pm UTC

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"The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas" was first published in 1974.  Explain if it is it still relevant.

In addition to the other excellent answer, I would add that the story is still relevant today because human nature is still much the same as it ever was. The majority of people, it seems to me,...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2019 11:16 am UTC

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In reference to "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," what would you ultimately decide to do, and upon what basis did...

If I lived in Omelas, I too would walk away. The reason for doing so is moral. Though happy, carefree, and idyllic on the surface, the civic life of this seeming paradise is dependent upon an...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2020 2:49 pm UTC

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What are three interesting topics that I could discuss from the short story "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas"?

Here are other topics for consideration: As mentioned previously the pragmatism of William James is intrinsic to an examination of this story. For, LeGuin wrote "The Ones Who Walk Away from...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2010 8:35 am UTC

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Which principles of utilitarianism would you connect to the theme of the short story?  

Utilitarianism's "core idea is that whether actions are morally right or wrong depends on their effects," and specifically, among types of utilitarians, "rule utilitarians focus on the effects of...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2017 11:41 am UTC

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Are the Omelas still human despite what goes on in the story?

Ursula LeGuin's short story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" is an allegory that takes William James's theory of pragmatism to great lengths in order to put it into question. As such, then, the...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2011 12:40 pm UTC

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What is a good thesis statement for a comparative essay for "The Necklace" and "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"?

While this is a rather odd pair of stories to compare, there is, perhaps, a connection in the sense that the protagonists of the two accept happiness as dependent upon external conditions. For...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2012 2:14 am UTC

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How does "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" reflect the time in which it was written? Consider social, economic,...

Ursula K. Le Guin first published "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" in 1973 during a time of both great transformation and internal strife in the United States. The specters of the recent the...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2020 9:45 pm UTC

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I am having trouble trying to come up with a debatable thesis that relates to morals or ethics about this short story.

The thesis that LeGuin asserts in her short story is that the philosophy of utilitarianism is unethical. This philosophy argues that happiness comes to the society that adheres to the principle of...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019 7:18 pm UTC

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My teacher asked me to tell her a time I walked away from Omelas. Does that mean I walked away from something that...

In responding to the prompt about a time when you walked away from Omleas, I think you should think about a time when you turned away from a "happy" situation because you knew of the unhappiness it...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2016 1:39 pm UTC

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How do social forces shape the power relationships between groups or classes of people in the story? Who has the...

The secret of the happiness of Omelas—that one child must be kept in filth and degradation and denied love for the rest of the society to experience happiness—is usually, we are told, revealed to...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2019 1:12 am UTC

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Referring to "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," why would a person you love walk away just so quickly? Isn't it...

If this question is geared towards LeGuin's short story, there is much here that strikes at its very essence. LeGuin constructs her narrative into two parts. Both are connected to one another,...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2010 4:40 pm UTC

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What are some themes in "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"?

Through this compelling short story, the author forces us to ask an age-old question about the cost of happiness and the kind of cost that we are willing to pay to ensure that we live lives that...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2012 2:52 pm UTC

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What does it mean that some prefer not to “see” the price paid to make themselves comfortable and happy? Why would...

In the short story "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas", most of the city's residents prefer to not think about, let alone liberate, the child who is trapped in a cage beneath the picturesque city....

Latest answer posted September 22, 2019 1:20 am UTC

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How does this story deal with suffering imposed on some people in order for the majority to do well?

I think that this becomes one of the central issues that LeGuin forces the reader to assess upon conclusion of the short story. Essentially, does the voice of the majority overwhelm the suffering...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2012 9:55 pm UTC

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What would a person that ascribed to that ethical code do if they live in Omelas?

The response to this question is to identify the conflict of the story. This story is a Utopian story that presents a perfect world. However, in order to live in that perfect world, a person must...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2007 12:40 pm UTC

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Do you think this story is meant to suggest that the world was fatally flawed, or that is was nearly perfect except...

I'm not sure these two ideas are mutually exclusive. One serious flaw could very much result in the world's being fatally flawed, especially if that flaw is unlikely to abate or diminish. In this...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2018 11:21 pm UTC

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william james pragmatism I find this reading rather difficult.  What literary criticism can you suggest to explain...

Go to the enotes site for the story's title and you will find a few things that should help. One of these is an essay entitled, "The Ones who Walk Away from Omelas: Questions of Faith and...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2010 11:42 pm UTC

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What are the two ultimate decisions the citizens make once they are aware of the secret of Omelas in "The Ones Who...

The citizens of Omelas have two choices: live with the terrible secret or leave town. Each person must make that decision alone. According to the rules of the town, the child must live in poverty,...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2020 4:05 pm UTC

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What do the majority of the citizens decide to do in "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"? What is their rationale?

In the Edenic city of Omelas, the residents are described as blissfully happy and peaceful. However, the narrator holds a detail back from the reader until about two-thirds into the story. There...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2020 3:46 pm UTC

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