The One Who Walk Away From Omelas Analysis

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The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas Does one joy rely upon the misery of other, would one sacrifice the life of man to spare numerous? The child, in the short story “The One who walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin, is used as powerful symbol to catch audience attention, and criticize the flaw of member in society. Finally, we can see the child as a religious figure like Jesus Christ. All throughout the story the author utilized the child to grab the attention of the audiences. A child symbolize pure, innocent, youth, happiness which portray positive characteristic, but in these story the reader see the child in other light. “The others never come close, but peer in at it with frightened, disgusted eyes. The food bowl and the water…show more content…
In addition, the viewer become mindful of the filthiness, and the loneliness this child is living in. There is a motivation why the writer pick a child, she could have used an adult instead but she choose a child. The author realize that the reader would be more emotional connected if it a child or the viewer may not anticipate that it will be a child. For example, if she have use an adult instead off a child, one may have think that the adult have live enough and have experience life already. Besides, the readers will question what a child could possible done to suffer like that; a child is supposed to depict of guiltless; a child do not know anything that is going on.” It is so thin there are no calves to its legs; its belly protrudes; it lives on a half-bowl of corn meal and grease a day. It is naked. Its buttocks and thighs are a mass of festered sores, as it sits in its own excrement continually” (P.861). When…show more content…
“They know that they, like the child, are not free” (P.862). The reader may question if freedom really exist or does the people of Omelas really are happy. The writer is trying to demonstrate that even when one is free, they are still trapped within the society their live in. the story describe how there are no slave, no money, government, no war, but they holding the secret of the child in the basement that is neglected and malnourish. The child represent the people in third countries because similar to child they are trapped by the master that put them there in the first place. “In a basement under one of the beautiful public buildings of Omelas, or perhaps in the cellar of one of its spacious private homes, there is a room. It has one locked door, and no window. A little light seeps in dustily between cracks in the boards, secondhand from a cobwebbed window somewhere across the cellar” (P.861). sometime even when a person know what is wrong from right, people seem to confirm to what society say is right; for example, some people who leave Omelas because they could not bearded seeing the child suffering anymore and by them leaving is the way they are hero. It show that no matter how brainwash people seem that soon or late they will realize what going on , the can choose rather push on the unconscious mind or do something about it. The child is symbolize on how no matter how perfect society may seem there is
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