The Ones Who Walk From Omelas

In “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” By Ursula Le Guin, the narrator seeks to describe the citizens of Omelas and for us as readers to accept the people of Omelas. In the middle of the short story, “Do you accept the festival, the city, the joy?” (Guin,3) suggests that the narrator stresses the justification of the way in which the people of Omelas maintains happiness. This is because the┬ámajority┬áof the story explains why one should accept the happiness of the city of Omelas. For example, in the basement of one of the most attractive buildings in Omelas “There is a child, about six, and is feeble-minded” and feeling so closed in and away from the rest of the world once and a while yells out “I will be good, please let me out!” (Guin,3). In other words, there is a young child who has some type of mental issue and is being kept in a specific place day and night, and the child’s main motive is to get out. The city of Omelas all as one “understand that their happiness, beauty of their city, tenderness of friendships, the wisdom of their scholars depend wholly on this child’s┬áabominable misery”(Guin,3). This means that in order for the people of Omelas to maintain happiness and the ability for the city to continue advancing their society this child has to be in the location in which it is in, and the circumstances in which it is in at all times. Though this seems such an unjustified situation considering “the young people go home in tears when they have seen the child and faced this terrible paradox” they eventually tend to realize that “even if the child could be released, it would not get much good of its freedom” because “it has been afraid too long ever to be free of fear” (Guin,4). Although the young children of Omelas are truly devastated from the vivid image of the child’s suffer, they come to the acceptance that things will not get any better even if the child could possibly be free because it has been so used to the darkness that even if the child saw light, it would not know what to do with it or how to re-adapt. The narrator goes on to further justify the situation in Omelas by describing that “to exchange all the goodness and grace of every life in Omelas for that single, small improvement would be to let guilt within the walls indeed” (Guin,4). For the exchange of all the good outcomes that come from this to free that one person would be to “let guilt within the walls indeed” because if the people surprisingly decided to risk all their happiness and positivity that comes to the citizens to free the child their guilt will only get worst considering their close and loved ones will be directly affected by this causing the situation to only get worst which is the point the narrator is trying to explain. Though expected for the citizens of Omelas to come to a hundred percent acceptance in order to keep their family happy, it seems as though the city of Omelas is after all not happy because sometimes after the people go see the situation the child is in, “each alone, they leave towards the mountains, they leave Omelas and never come back” and they head toward a place in which “it is possible that it does not exist”. One can infer that the devastation from the child’s circumstances caused the people of Omelas to never truly have happiness because their happiness depends on the suffrage of one child who desperately wants to be as “happy” as others are. ┬áThe Narrator, who only has knowledge about the utopian society have no idea where the citizens of Omelas with guilt actually go.

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