"The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"
The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas is a short story by Ursula K. Le Guin. Omelas is a place where happiness is abundant. This happiness is due to a little boy locked up suffering for everyone else in a small closet with no amenities. Everyone learns of the little boy and understand it is wrong, however, most accept the fact that for everyone to be happy he must stay where he is. A few people leave the city due to the moral weight of this horrible fact.
There are many different themes in this short story, one being sacrifice. The citizens of Omelas are known to be perfectly happy, however that is not the case when looking deeper into the circumstances. Once the citizens are aware of how their happiness is sustained, they feel a responsibility to live their lives to the fullest lest the child’s pain be in vain. In our time, this resembles the act of parents, teachers, and mentors sacrificing themselves in order for the younger generations to have a more prosperous life. This is how our society progresses to greater unity, peace, more abundant wealth and health.
Another theme is observed in how the citizens of Omelas deal with the convictions of the captive child’s unpleasant existence . Some of them choose to continue living under the exchange, while others deal with this by...