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Would you stay or leave Omelas?

Omelas, a city of prosperity, where the house’s roofs are red and walls are painted in between those houses. The people loved and respected one and another. They enjoy music and dancing with each other. The mothers and their children and the old enjoy their time in the park while gazing upon the clear skies. The dark truth is that this paradise is built upon one child, who is forced to suffer eternally torment and anguish for others happiness. Now imagine yourself as person living in Omelas!

The people of Omelas knows the dark truth that there is child suffering for their prosperity. It mentioned “They all know it is there, all the people of Omelas”(pg 5, line 16), and they fear because of it. They describe if child leave that place “If the child were bought up into the sunlight out of that vile place, if it were cleaned and fed and comforted, that would be a good thing indeed; but if that it were done, in that day and hour all the prosperity and beauty and delight of Omelas would wither and be destroyed.”( pg 5 line 30) They fear if that child leave that cellar, then Omelas would be ruined. A person living in Omelas know all this!

A person going into that cellar to see the child! The child in the cellar is described ” it is naked. Its buttocks and thighs are a mass festered sores, as it sits in its own excrement continually.”(pg 5 line 14) The child is busied around the thighs. The child screams “I will be good, it says. Please let me out. I will be good!”(pg 5 line 10) The people of Omelas ignore these screams. They describe what is the child fed as “it lives on a half-bowl of corn meal and grease a day”(pg 5 line 13), so he bare kept alive because he fed with corn meal and grease everyday. All young adults wanted to help that child, but they couldn’t because they feared that Omelas would be ruined. A person living in Omelas will see this!

The young ones are different from adults and elders. All adults know this, but the children doesn’t know the dark truth because “This is usually explained to children when they are between eight and twelve, whenever they seem capable of understanding.”( pg 5 line 23) They explain to children about this matter when they reach a certain age of understanding. This explain why people of Omelas were described as “They were not naive and happy children–through their children were, in fact happy.”(pg 2 line 16) The children of adults were happy because didn’t know the truth, but adults knew so they weren’t naive and happy children. This goes into the why the quote “All smiles have become archaic”(pg 1 line 30) this mean the smiles become old because the children learn the truth their smiles become old.

If you were person living in Omelas, I would suppose be ready face the harsh reality what you see is painful and disgusting for yourself. The child in that cellar is suffering because you. This why people leaving Omelas into the darkness because this light is no better than the dark. Decide whether stay or leave from knowing this.

If I was person living in Omelas, I would done what those people did and leave the places as well because this happiness given to me because another child must suffer is disgusting.

The Creeping Shadows!

 

The creeping woman mentioned in the story “The Yellow Wallpaper” is actually the wife’s shadow! The story is told from the wife point of view in a colonial mansion. As the story progress, John’s wife is slowly descending into madness till the end where it seem madness has consumed her. The important thing is “What did she saw?”

What is the creeping woman? The first time the wife mentioned the creeping woman as “And it is like a woman stooping down and creeping about behind the pattern” at this time the quote has no meaning till we combine evidence from other parts of the story to piece together the identity of this creeping woman. The next time she mentions the creeping woman she described it as “It is the same woman, I know, for she is always creeping, and most women do not creep by daylight”, but she make connection to herself right after “I always lock the door when I creep by daylight.” These two quotes we can make conclusion this creeping woman and the wife has same habits of creeping at daylight. This mean there is a chance the creeping woman is the wife.

How is this creeping woman and the wife related? The next time she described the creeping woman’s speed “I have watched her sometimes away off in the open country, creeping as fast as a cloud shadow in a high wind.” If we look at the part “creeping as fast as a cloud shadow”, this could mean that creeping woman is a shadow. To the ending where the wife say “I suppose I shall have to get back behind the pattern when it comes night, and that is hard!” at this point the wife is using “I” and get back behind the pattern when night comes. This mean that the creeping woman and the wife is refereed as one individual. Although at this point of story the wife is already descending into madness and insanity, so hard to take this as actually evidence.

This does make sense describing the wife and creeping woman are same entity because going back to quote where the wife first mentioned the creeping woman. The creeping woman is hiding behind the pattern, and this time the wife was trying hide behind the pattern. This mean the creeping woman is actually the shadow of the wife and is reinforced by action she taken to help the creeping woman “I pulled and she shook, I shook and she pulled” this describe the shadow as reflection of her actions. She pulled the shadow shook, and when she shook the shadow pulled

In conclusion, if combine all evidence that the creeping woman is actually the shadow, but more specially the shadow of the wife. It fits to why the wife has trouble see her shadow at night because only rare chance is if moonlight shine into the room. It also explain the first time the wife mentioned the creeping woman it, she herself was in stooping position and looking at the pattern as the shadow is creeping on the pattern since how it projected.  In the end, what started this insanity was seeing her shadow and yellow wallpaper, there some saying shadow is one true self and the wife as denying it in the begin till she accept it at the end.

Missing home

 

The short story called “Puertoricanness” by Aurora Levins Morals takes places around 1986s in Northern California in Berkeley. It talks about a married woman that was an immigrant from Puerto Rico, and how she struggles to hide the “Puertoricanness” inside herself till later on. She describes her American self, and how it was changing back to her Puerto Rican self later on as the short story progresses. She misses the type of life she had in Puerto Rico from the food, friends, and other things she missed from her home.  In the end she accepted her heritage, and she isn’t going to hide it anymore.

As I was reading, I felt this sense of missing home in the woman that was immigrant from Puerto Rico. Around the start of the short story, she referred to her dreams and this rooster, but not to the lone rooster in 59th street or any other street nearby. When she was referring to not the lone rooster in 59th street, she must be referring to a rooster around her home in Puerto Rico since it not the one roaming around on 59th street or any of the roosters in the nearby street in that time period. Then later she talked to Sally about how Puerto Rican still lived as if they were all in a small town. Assuming this Sally is neighbor and a friend to her, this hinted that she was missing home because she is talking about how she felt in her home town to someone she can trust.

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