Omelas from a Different Aspect Essay

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Argumentative essay 2:00p.m class Word count 855 “Why Should One Walk Away from Omelas”? Who can stand by and watch the gruesome seen of a child being deprived of light, love, and hunger? In Ursula K. Le Guins story “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” the town’s joy is brought by the neglect and lack of love for a young child. There comes a time in one’s life where one must decide on what’s right and what’s wrong. In the city of Omelas the people know what’s is the righteous thing to do but fear if they do what is right it will lead to the destruction of the city of Omelas. In this quotation the people of Omelas chose to do what it takes to maintain their utopia: “some of them understand why, and some do not, but they all understand that their happiness, the beauty of the city, the tenderness of their friendship, the health of their friendship, the health of their children, the wisdom of their scholars, the skill of their makers, even the abundance of their harvest and the kindly weathers of their skies, depend wholly on the child’s abominable misery”(Le Guins 733). The questions that must be answered are what are the ethics around the city of Omelas, what is the towns understanding of the child who lives in a basement under one of the towns spectacular buildings and ultimately why should one walk away from the city of Omelas. What are the ethics that surround the town of Omelas? Well to begin with in my online source it states that: “these people have come to an understanding of what is destructive, and what is both or neither” (Dauer, Susan, Jaye).The people of Omelas have poor ethics since they believe there town’s joy is brought by the torture of a child and

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