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    Omelas,” by Ursula K. Le Guin tells the story of a beautiful city name Omelas. Where only happiness exists, but it exists only at the cost of one little boy’s happiness. It is something that happens in the real world maybe not at the cost of a little boy’s happiness, but at the cost of a larger population. The sacrifice and misfortune of people who do the hard work that others do not want to do, to provide the peace and happiness of others. The purpose of this essay is to analyse how Le Guin “Justifies”

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    de-sexed by hypertrophy of the intellectual organs—or, at best, loyal little wives or mistresses of accomplished heroes” . With the rise of the women’s movement and feminist science fiction writers like Ursula K. Le Guin, people became more conscious of the incomplete and negative portrayal of women. Le Guin approaches the subject of androgyny with a vision to consider the whole instead of two parts, with her ambisexual Gethenians that are female, male, neither and both without becoming a paradox. The

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    own reality. You have, in fact, alienated yourself. (Le Guin 1975: 209) The concept of otherness is one highly complex and interwoven with deeper issues of psychology and sociology. In literature, one of its theorizers has been Ursula K. Le Guin, who, in her novels, makes heavy use of the notion, in order to mirror and reveal some of the issues of her society. The aim of this paper is to give an overview of what alterity is and how it applies to Le Guin’s novels, her society, and ours today. I have

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    Loss In The Last Leaf

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    Leaf”, great tragedy must occur before they awake to the needs of others. Either way, the responses of Gwilan, the washwoman, and Mr. Behrman to defeat and suffering show that they are beautiful people. In the short stories “Gwilan’s Harp” by Ursula K. Le Guin, “The Washwoman” by Isaac Singer, and “The Last Leaf” by O. Henry, the theme of loss reveals a selfless attitude in each of the key characters. Gwilan, the main character in “Gwilan’s Harp”, suffers great loss throughout her life; however in

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    Shirley Jackson chose Tessie as a sacrifice to make the sacrifice seem fair in “The Lottery”. Similarly Ursula K. Le Guin chose a child as a sacrifice, because its innocence causes it to suffer more and keep the city happy. Suzanne Collins also chose the tributes to be young boys and girls to indicate that the innocence of them is what makes the games much more

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    many women develop with this statement or feel it to be correct. One such woman, novelist Ursula K. Le Guin, wrote “A Left-Handed Commencement Address,” spoken at Mills College in 1983, and she argues that women shouldn’t be “bounded” by man. In “A Left-Handed Commencement Address,” Ursula K. Guin empowers women to live like a woman through the use of credibility, logos, and emotional appeal. In her speech, Guin uses credibility to strengthen her ethos appeals, as well as her ideals. In the 5th paragraph

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    and the most famous one of all is Jesus Christ in The Bible. This essay compares the theme of scapegoat in works by Le Guin and Shirley Jackson. Theme of the “scapegoat” in “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin and in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson are similar, as they both have a person who pays the price for everyone's happiness and a great way of life.

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    Different Types of Loss Great writers can impact a reader’s emotion. Short stories like “Gwilan’s Harp” by Ursula K. Le Guin, “The Washwoman” by Isaac Singer, and “The Last Leaf” by O. Henry influences the reader’s emotions due to the loss the characters of each story experience. In “Gwilan’s Harp,” Gwilan loses not only her husband, but also things that she cherishes the most. However, even if Gwilan did lose some of the things that she loves, she later learns to appreciate other things in her

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    changes she has found in her husband. In the short stories, Cranes by Hwang Sunwon, and The Wife’s Story by Ursula K. Le Guin, both differ vastly in their settings and characters, however, they share similar internal conflicts. In these short stories, the settings the authors use differ exceedingly. In Cranes, Sunwon sets the scene as a more hostile environment, while in The Wife’s Story, Le Guin creates a safe environment. As Samsong is first seeing Tokchae for the

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    “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin is a strong and enjoyable short story with numerous positive aspects. Perhaps the strongest of which is the underlying message. “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” paints a vivid picture of society that almost everyone knows all too well. This specific society depends on the suffering of select groups of individuals in order for the rest of the world to feel happiness and enjoy life to the fullest. This society is reminiscent of the current

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    The novel A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin, is about a boy called Sparrowhawk. He possesses the power that will eventually lead him to become a great wizard. Early on, Sparrowhawk is taken, as an apprentice, to a great wizard and learns about the importance of balance in the world. However, wanting to impress a girl who doesn’t believe in his magical abilities, he summons a shadow creature - which then needs to be banished by his teacher. While at a school for people with powers like his

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    “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” by Ursula Le Guin exhibits many mythic qualities by incorporating glorified fantasies with grim reality. Omelas is a city made of happily ever afters happy endings, where felicity flows from the foundations of society and is steeped in custom. Although While ignorance coupled with harsh law enforcement do not dictate delight, the happiness of Omelas comes with terms even more awful and absolute. From the loathsome existence of a contemptible child springs the

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    Children have an unparalleled view of the world, one that is very innocent and magical. Unfortunately, as children grow up they often lose this wonder. However, some adults do keep some aspects of their childhood wonder and happiness. Throughout the film Mary Poppins, as directed by Robert Stevenson, there is a noticeable difference between the adults that preserved their sense of wonder and those who have lost it. Through the development of the characters, Bert and Mr. Banks, Stevenson illuminates

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    In the two fictional stories, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula Le Guin, both authors illustrate their idea of sacrifice by saying that it is necessary and important, for it makes the greater good happy. By comparing and contrasting the two societies, the two sacrifices, and what each one means and stands for, Shirley Jackson and Ursula Le Guin convey the message that the principle of utility is essential. One key difference in the two short stories

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    In both short stories, “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” by Ursula Le Guin and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, there is an idea of sacrifice. The ideas of sacrifice in both stories compare but also contrast; someone is sacrificed for the happiness of the majority, but in each story happiness is achieved in different ways. In neither community does everyone necessarily agree with what is going on but they have to do what is best for everyone. In “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” the town

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    Harp Short Story

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    The short stories “Gwilan’s Harp” written by Ursula K. LeGuin, “The Washwoman” by Isaac Singer, and “The Last Leaf” by O. Henry all show the loss of something valuable, as a theme. Each of the characters in the stories experience the loss of something special to them, such as the loss of a matchless harp, the loss of a caring son, and the unforeseen loss of a friend. In “Gwilan’s Harp” a young harpist named Gwilan has an irreplaceable, flawless harp. Unfortunately, when her harp gets crushed, Gwilan

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    The Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey are two stories written by the author JD Salinger. Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye suffers from depression within the reason of not being able to conform to the society around him. Over his four day escapade in New York City, the reader learns that Holden's depression is exacerbated by his unhappiness with society. Franny and Zooey's protagonist is named Franny, and she is similar to Holden in The Catcher in the Rye. Franny had

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    Omelas Quote Analysis

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    Ursula Le Guin defines Omelas as a utopia where the citizens’ lives are never wretched. Le Guin captures her readers’ attention by describing the city’s beauty with the colorful scenery, events featuring games and horse riding, and the everlasting happiness. She does a great job of leading her readers into thinking this could be the perfect society, but leaves us with the question of satisfaction. According to Le Guin, “happiness is based on a just discrimination of what is necessary, what is neither

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    Loss In Gwilan's Harmful

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    the loss of a dear friend. More complex than merely the displacement of something, loss brings grief and distress, consequently effecting anyone in or near its path. Providing examples of the effects of loss, the short stories “Gwilan’s Harp” by Ursula K. LeGuin, “The Washwoman” by Isaac Singer, and “The Last Leaf” by O. Henry each take varying approaches on the topic. “Gwilan’s Harp” depicting long term, traumatic loss, following its repercussions through the entirety of one’s life. “The Washwoman”

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    even Christ himself cried over the pain with the loss of a dear friend. More than just displacement, loosing something or someone brings grief and distress, taking not only the item itself but pieces of those around it as well. “Gwilan’s Harp” by Ursula K. LeGuin, “The Washwoman” by Isaac Singer, and “The Last Leaf” by O. Henry all provide perfect examples of the varying ways loss can appear and the different approaches to dealing with it. “Gwilan’s Harp” depicting long term, traumatic loss following

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