The One's Who Walk Away From Omelas Analysis

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The One’s Who Walk Away from Omelas is a short story by Ursula K. Leguin that is about a utopian city Omelas during its Festival of Summer. The city is known for its happiness and beauty. The Festival of Summer is where the whole town of Omelas joins together to celebrate. They have processions throughout the city celebrating along with a festival race. Bells clamor and people are singing and dancing to the music. The Omelas people are not simple. “They were mature, intelligent, passionate adults whose lives were not Wretched” (Leguin 2). But there is one thing that allows them to be happy and to stay happy, that is a child that lives in a broom closet under the city. The story starts out with a happy society that is celebrating a festival of summer. Music is playing, and people are dancing as they processed down the street towards the Green Fields where naked kids are getting their bare horses read for a race throughout the countryside. After the author describes how happy the city is she asks a question “How is one to tell about joy? How describe the citizens of Omelas” (Leguin 1). She uses this question to make the reader think of what we would think a happy city would look like, and most of us would probably describe something similar too this but in all reality, it is a city that is made up. The author goes on and say that the people of Omelas are not simple folk foreshadowing something bigger to come later in the story. Then she say’s “Given a description such as
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