The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas Questions and Answers
by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Explain the significance of the impact that the tormented child  has on the citizens in "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas."

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In "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," LeGuin attacks the philosophy of utilitarianism, which argues that society should pursue the greatest good for the greatest number.

Omelas has reduced suffering to one person, an innocent child who is kept in misery so that everyone else can live the good life. Everyone in Omelas knows about this child.

The existence of the child makes people uncomfortable and uneasy. Most in the society rationalize away the child's suffering, saying she must get used to it, so it is not so bad, or that it is not so high a price to pay for everyone else to live in comfort, or that it is wrong to get too sentimental about the child....

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