Response to “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”

“The Ones who walk away from Omelas” is one of those stories that loses my attention after the very first page but automatically regains it during the last half of the story. Basically, the narrator is talking about the happiness and prosperites of the citizens of Omelas. The people there are happy and are living life as cheerful as they can be. It is at this point where I was starting to lose interest and felt bored because of a lack of conflict. I was starting to tell myself, “where is the plot in this story?” Then as if my question was answered, I got my wish.

About half-way into the story, the middle of page 4 to be exact, I was introduced to a child who has a miserable life. After learning that this child spends it’s life in a small, dark room, never to be let out, did i felt bad. I felt more upset when I read that the people of Omelas only prospers on the child’s misery. It is so upsetting to know that many people’s pleasure come from one person’s pain, and things only get worse from there.

Apparently, some people who see the child, disappears into the night, never to be seen again. This seems more upsetting to me than the locked up child, because the narrator never actually says where those people go but end the story by quoting the title of the book, “the ones who walk away from Omelas”.

This story has managed to grab my attention greatly after losing it, which is a good thing. However, I was sort of curious as to where those that leave Omelas go to. That can leave a window of guesses and sequels for others to decide, and I think thats what the author was trying to do. To make the readers think and decide on a proper ending. I also feel sorry for the child who was mistreated like that. No one should be imprisoned so others can be happy.

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