The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas Utilitarianism Analysis

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“The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” by Ursula K LeGuin reveals the concept of utilitarianism, the values of a what is right and beneficial for a larger group even if it is wrong to the minority. A city that celebrates the Festival of Summer, always “bright-towered by the sea” brings the happiness of the citizens of Omelas and perhaps “like a city in a fairy tale”(1,2). Nothing can conquer the “one thing...there is none of in Omelas is guilt”, but beauty in every shape and form(2). But a “feeble-minded” child suffering “hunched in the corner farthest from the bucket and two mops” is cursed by the city's dependence for “their happiness, the beauty of the city… [depends] wholly on the child’s abominable misery”(3). Sacrificing one life is
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