Analysis Of The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas

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To stand firm in one’s beliefs is a difficult task. In the short story “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula Le Guin, readers are left conflicted with the issue of conformity in a moral situation. Le Guin captures the audience with descriptive imagery of a beautiful city, “a clamor of bells that set the swallows soaring” and “the rigging of the boats in harbor sparkled with flags,” however, life isn’t as perfect as the sugar-coated descriptions. Hidden underneath the city in a filthy room, a child suffers the “abominable misery,” so the people of Omelas can live happily. The citizens have a choice to leave and go to a place that is unknown or they can stay in Omelas and live to the standards of the injustice city. Le Guin displays the theme of conformity through diction, mood, and symbolism. As human beings, we are designed to pick up acceptable social cues from our interactions with people. In the story, Le Guin used words to clue the readers about the citizens of Omelas. When describing the people, Le Guin uses an unclear approach when releasing information about the people’s happiness, by writing that they do not say the words of cheer much. Additionally, Le Guin describes the happiness expressed as “all smiles…show more content…
The “Ones Who Walk Way from Omelas,” is used as a symbol in the story. Le Guin states “They keep walking, and walk straight out of the city of Omelas, through the beautiful gates.” These people who are too moved or distraught by the situation that they can do nothing to change, and instead of staying and accepting the ignorance to conform, they choose to leave. By making this choice to not obey isn’t a weakness but a strength as it is standing up against the wrongdoings of the people of Omelas. As suggested by the title, Le Guin is siding with “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.” Unfortunately, the child continues to suffer because of the
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