In a way it is that guilt that persuades us to have compassion. Do we even though that government is responsible for slavery in the South and attacks against black inhabitants by Arabs Sudanese? Can a city really exist where there is nothing but happiness forevermore?. Yet I say that nothing could justify what is being done to that child. Rating: 4 moons out of 5! The forsaken child is the rotten foundation which their beautiful society rests on. The happiness of the citizens in Omelas depends on the suffering of a child locked in a closet.
It is indeed a utopia, for all except the suffering child 4-5. But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas. The lushness of the language and the rhetorical power of the telling augment the seduction of this collaborative relationship between narrator and reader. In Omelas every citizen visits the child that is forced to suffer. This money is used to support his life style of designer clothes and expensive restaurant meals. He makes great money doing so.
Let the people of Omelas earn their own success, not take it from an innocent. Some may find it to the happy people of Omelas, some may find it to the child, and some may find it to the ones who walked away. When the narrator reveals that the happiness of life in Omelas depends on the suffering of one child, however, the previously uncomplicated appearance of the perfect society fades away. The ones who walk away may be better than the citizens that remain for they possess something of a conscience that will not allow themselves to prosper from the suffering of the child, but in being a citizen of Omelas who once did prosper, they bear the responsibility for correcting the injustice. But how can this be? A carefree community that seems pleasing and just, turns out to be structured on injustice and ultimately untenable for some of its citizens. But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas.
If you remain utilitarian, then you must face that possibility or come to terms that it is wrong. While the choice to walk away from the hideous bargain Le Guin puts forth may seem correct at first, a more careful reading suggests that both Le Guin and James would elect to stay in Omelas, imperfect as it turns out to be. According to this doctrine, all people endeavor to be happy and strive to satiate themselves. The author being atheist could also be more proof. In the first part of the story—before the existence of the suffering child is known— the narrator takes great pains to establish just how happy life in Omelas is.
There will always be the poor or the rich, the happy or the sad, the leaders and the low-classed people. Each choice was selfish in its own way. With the boy not being deemed worthy to be part of Omelas. The city of Omelas is the setting of the story, and has great significance to the people and ideas around it. Same as the child in the broom closet.
They serve as mechanisms of denial, a means in which the citizens use to hide themselves from humanity. So who is to be pitied? There are some in Omelas who disapprove of how the boy in the cellar is treated. To keep their lives of overt sexual appetite, extreme pleasure, and unneeded luxury? Le Guin have many similarities, despite their different societal settings. This can be seen as a simple evolutionary concept. It is described as happy, full of freedom and joy. They are doing it for themselves, as they do not wish to be the kind of people who profit from the misery and suffering of another.
First because the suffering of that one today could be yours tomorrow. Le Guin, Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1984 , page 159. They could surely celebrate courage without soldiers. Though nobody in Omelas knows as to why the boy must be locked up or sacrificed. Summary In this short story, Le Guin describes the utopian city of Omelas during the Festival of Summer. What a person sees may not necessarily be the reality of what is really happening.
He was about sixteen, and was thought to have been confined from the age of three. The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories of Ursula K. Now, the people of Omelas are happy because of their living standards, their music, their city, their drooz, their orgies, etc. The place they go towards is a place even less imaginable to most of us than the city of happiness. They were not naïve and happy children- though their children were happy.
The rationalizations of the people of Omelas come up short. In fact, they sound downright animalistic—perhaps even worse than beasts. That is the whole question. Morality is not based upon a weighing in scales of the benfits and costs of the choice. Ursula Le Guin starts the short story off with a beautiful description of the city, filling your mind with happiness and joy. The city is characterized by its happiness and beauty underscored by its close proximity to a sparkling sea.