“The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”

Reading this story was kinda weird in the way the people in this city live even though everything in the Omelas is pleasing except for the secret of the city. And its sad at the end when we are told the secret of the city. The people in this city are described a lot as cultured people and on keeping with good taste. “Old people in long stiff robes of mauve and grey, grave master workmen, quiet, merry women carrying their babies and chatting as they walked. In other streets the music beat faster, a shimmering of gong and tambourine, and the people went dancing, the procession was a dance. All the processions wound towards the north side of the city, where on the great water-meadow called the Green Fields boys and girls, naked in the bright air, with mud-stained feet and ankles and long, lithe arms, exercised their restive horses before the race.” (Pg 1) The narrator says that the way he/she describes the Omelas and how happy the people are and living sounds like a city as in how it would sound in a “fairytale.”

The good fortune of Omelas requires that a single unfortunate child be kept in a never changing disgusting dirt, darkness and misery and that all the people there should be told and be aware of this. After being expose to the truth some people came to terms to live in such manner of as of to make the suffering of the unfortunate child worth it. “They go on. They leave Omelas, they walk ahead into the darkness, and they do not come back.”(Pg 7)  A  few others young or old silently walk away from the city and nobody knows where they go. In end when the narrator tells us this I thought it was sad and disturbing having a child suffer like that and having the child live in that environment for years in a basement. If it was up to me on living there or leaving, I would be one of those people walking out of there and walking far from it.

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