The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas - Professor Deykute

I read a great, short story in my English class this semester (required for a paper on Utopias/Dystopias). Ursula K. LeGuin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” about a seemingly perfect society, which isn’t so perfect after all in the end. You will discover that can be obtained in ways you may never have believed to be so…(click link below to read)

The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas: Ursula K

Perhaps it is not enough to walk away from Omelas – we need to dismantle it from within.

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The short story The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas explains a city, a city which is void of sadness, despair, and jealousy. This city portrays true happiness, the kind of which is unimaginable beyond the wildest of dreams. It is elegant, beautiful, yet simple and remarkable. This city is the pinnacle of perfection, nothing is like it. It’s a utopia. But this is not possible, and as it so happens, there is, in fact, something terrible: a child, a sacrifice, forced to live a life… no, not a life, a death. But how can this be? With all this goodness in a city, how can this be justifiable? Maybe it’s a mistake, possibly unknown? No. They all know. Most of them don’t like it, but they know it’s inevitable. Some of them leave, escape. One thing is certain. Nothing is perfect.Is there anything in this story which reminds you of "The Ones Who WalkAway from Omelas"?If so what?Are there any resemblances between this story and any other stories you haveread?The short story The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas is filled with a variety of symbols. This makes the difficult part sorting through the various symbols and choosing those which are more important to the development of the story. Below is a list of symbols we believe to be important and their corresponding dissections.Omelas is a privileged city, almost a utopia, apart from the one thing that enables its citizens to lead full, happy, and carefree lives – and that one thing is what makes many people walk away from Omelas.
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Le Guin, Ursula K. “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas.” Literature: The Human Experience, 9th Ed. Ed. Richard Abcarian and Marvin Klotz. Bedfort / St. Martins Press, 2006. 423-427.

But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas.

Walking away from Omelas - Patheos

At times one of the adolescent girls or boys who go to see the child does not go home to weep or rage, does not, in fact, go home at all. Sometimes also a man or woman much older falls silent for a day or two, and then leaves home. These people go out into the street, and walk down the street alone. They keep walking, and walk straight out of the city of Omelas, through the beautiful gates. They keep walking across the farmlands of Omelas. Each one goes alone, youth or girl, man or woman. Night falls; the traveler must pass down village streets, between the houses with yellow-lit windows, and on out into the darkness of the fields. Each alone, they go west or north, towards the mountains. They go on. They leave Omelas, they walk ahead into the darkness, and they do not come back. The place they go towards is a place even less imaginable to most of us than the city of happiness. I cannot describe it at all. It is possible that it does not exist. But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas.

The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula K. LeGuin. Text modified for the sake of length; the full story can be found .

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In one of our seminars, a group of us was asked to read The Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas, Ursula Le Guin’s short story about Utopia and its perils. (Spoiler alert: for those who want to read the story—it’s only six pages—before I talk about how it ends, you can google the title and get to a full text version.)