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 will be derived from the satisfaction of the needs. This type of logic leaves aside the question of individual preferences and desires. The underlying morality in the society is based on the maximum collective good, which outweighs any individual inconvenience, suffering, or even sacrifice.
A thesis statement incorporating the three terms might address strong connections among the terms, such as identifying which terms are dependent on the others. In contrast, it might point out the lack of connection among any two terms or all three terms. The choice will depend on the reader’s interpretation of the story.
If the reader is convinced that happiness is the dominant mood among the people of Omelas, then the thesis statement could hinge on the way that morals undergird the other two concepts. It...
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