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The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

by Ursula K. Le Guin
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What is the theory considered for Omelas?

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In theory, the city of Omelas is a perfect Utopian society. The perfection comes at a cost, which is the suffering of one child, a scapegoat, which makes the reader call in to question whether or not the happiness of the majority is worth the suffering of one. Omelas is...

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In theory, the city of Omelas is a perfect Utopian society. The perfection comes at a cost, which is the suffering of one child, a scapegoat, which makes the reader call in to question whether or not the happiness of the majority is worth the suffering of one. Omelas is only perfect in theory; this is demonstrated through both the title and the ending of the story. If Omelas is such an idyllic place to live and everyone is happy, than why do some people choose to walk away? Do these people who walk away feel guilt for the suffering of the child? If some can feel guilt than is the society perfect? Omelas is an idea rather than a real place. It is an allegory for our modern society and modern governments in many ways. In democracy, where majority rules, what happens to the disenfranchised minorities?

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