“The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”

Penaloza, Abundio

Pecenkovic, Nidzara

March 19, 2015

English 102 F-9-1:15pm


            The dark locked cellar in the story, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin suggest that everyone in Omela is guilty of the crime that they are committing in order to satisfy the needs of many. The narrator suggest everyone in Omelas may have this cellar either in “One of the beautiful public buildings of Omelas” or in “One of its spacious private homes.” This suggest that beneath all the luxurious and perfect buildings there is a dark cellar were the people of Omela hide their immorality and selfishness. The cellar and the child represent the heart of Omela by being its source of life and prosperity. Another form of symbolism in the story are the people who walk away from Omelas. These people symbolize guilt since the narrator states, “One thing I know there is none of in Omelas is guilt,” meaning that these people who walk away felt too guilty to continue being part of such a horrible injustice. The child who is locked in this prison symbolizes the selfishness of all the people in Omelas by refusing to relief the child of its misery in order for their happiness to remain. Implied criticism is seen when the narrator states “Now do you believe in them? Are they not more credible?” after explaining the injustice being done to the child in order to keep everyone content. In our society we find it very difficult to imagine a perfect society therefore the narrator adds this unjust rule in order for Omela to sound more credible to the reader. The narrator criticizes our society and mentality labeling us as pessimist by saying, “I fear that Omelas so far strikes some of you as goody-goody,” “If so, please add an orgy.


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