Discuss the themes in "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula K. Le Guin. 

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 “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula Le Guin presents an unusual utopian type of city. Everything is beautiful and well done in the city.  The people seem happy in this world. The children laugh and play. 

The narration is third person point of view with an involved narrator.  The narrator tells the story of the city of Omelas, the city by the sea.  Focusing on the parallel of Omelas and the present society, the narrator offers the reader the opportunity to suggest how he thinks that the world would be run.  Then, she adds her own version of what should be placed in the society.


There are basically three themes that are developed in the story.   The first motif that is clearly a part of the story is morality . If the utopian city’s survival is based on one condition and that involves the suffering of a child, what moral decision should be made?  Everyone else wins, and the child loses; or everyone loses, and the child wins.  In Omelas the decision is...

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