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The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas

Updated on March 7, 2013

The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas


The fact that the residents of Omelas did not value money to be the only way of survival makes their society less violent and corruptive. The short story, “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas,” reminds me of Jesus’s crucification because he gave his life so that the people would have a better life. The idea of making a single person struggle for the happiness and well-being of the people is an effective strategy to make them appreciate their life better, but I believe the best choice should involve using historic mistakes as a way to influence the people to be more optimistic about the well-being of the society. I also believe that the fact that the child was treated so badly makes the Omelas society seem dangerous and corrupted; they should, instead, be teaching how to better take care of each other. The story means to me that, as long as you keep experiencing bad situations you will learn from them and make better choices in future situations. Perhaps it was a threat to the residents of Omelas that they need to be good residents or else they would face major consequences; this type of leadership has occurred multiple times in the past.

During the Holocaust, Hitler either killed or imprisoned everyone who was Jewish, and those who did not meet his strict requirements for his people. The prisoners that Hitler held in a highly secured prison were sometimes fed one slice of bread per day and lived in a harsh environment with their own excrements all over the room floor that they spend most of their time on. Similar the the Holocaust, a young child was kept in a small room with barely enough food to keep him alive and also became infected with many diseases from sitting in his own excrement in the short story, “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas.”.

Depriving the boy of food, clean clothing, a place to shower, and a place to dephicate nor urinate is very unhealthy and will cause the boy to die early by diseases or malnutrition. So, if the society depends on the suffering of the child for a peaceful and loving life, then if the child dies someone else’s child would be the next victim of torture for the “well-being” of the Omelas society. A mother who spears nine months of burden for her child has a special love and connection to their loved one; the mother would become hostile and heartbroken if someone was to snatch the child away from her. Therefore, the leader of the Omelas society may have been very strict on the people as to the way they must act in the society. The narrator, who seems to be one of the Omelas residents, declared that there have been many residents who fled away from the society and never came back. Whatsoever, it seems coherent that the residents did not flee on their own will, but were forced to leave for their own imprisonment for their child to avoid the potential violence and to avoid the residents from knowing the truth about how some children are involuntarily taken away from their parents.

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