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The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

by Ursula K. Le Guin
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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"?

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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 let's summarize it briefly.

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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 let's summarize it briefly.

The story begins with a description of the beginning of the Festival of Summer in the city of Omelas, "bright-towered by the sea." Le Guin describes the lovely boats in the harbor, buildings, streets, and processions full of joyful people. The people are so happy that smiles have become archaic. They have no king, no military, and no slaves. Le Guin invites readers to imagine their own conceptions of happiness and add it to her descriptions. There is great freedom for people to do whatever gives them pleasure, and there is even a mild drug that accentuates the happiness.

However, all of this joy that the people of the city possess comes at a terrible price. Locked away in a basement under one of the public buildings is one small child. This abused child is kept filthy, malnourished, and in fear. Its pleas for help are ignored. At a certain age, everyone in the city comes to know of the existence of this poor child, and they are made aware that their prosperity and happiness somehow depend on this one child's misery. Most of them accept this and go on to live their lives. Some of them, though, refuse to agree to this condition and leave the city, never to return. These are "the ones who walk away from Omelas."

A thesis statement for an essay tells readers what idea the writer is attempting to support. To be able to write a thesis statement for "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," you need to consider what the short story means to you and what you want to say in your essay. For instance, you may be horrified by the compromise that those who stay in the city make. In this case, your thesis statement may be something like this: "It is impossible for the citizens of Omelas to be truly happy as long as they know that one child is suffering." On the other hand, you may want to focus on those whose consciences force them to leave the city. Your thesis then might be something like this: "The only moral clarity in the story is expressed by those who choose to walk away." Read the story over carefully and decide what the message is for you personally, and then you should be able to come up with a compelling thesis statement.

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