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

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 “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 serpent.  The story is told by a third person narrator who relates the events of the story without emotion.


Omelas lies by the sea. The weather is ideal. It has great parks, grand architecture, and residential areas that are well-built. Everyone seems to be happy. The workmen do not seem to mind their jobs.

On the day of the story, it is the Festival of Summer. There are parades with people dancing all leading toward the Green Fields where all the citizens are gathering. There will be a huge horse race. The children are playing naked in the park. There is music and bells ringing. 

The people of Omelas are different. The people are happy.  Only the things that are necessary are found in the city.

They were mature, intelligent, passionate adults whose lives were not wretched. They were...

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