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This Essay Is The Effects And Function Of Fear In The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas. The Essay Is About Ursula K Le Guin's Story The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas

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Fear and its Effects and Functions in "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"Fear plays a very important role in Ursula K. Le Guin's short story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" as it pertains to the story's main theme of the collective's needs and wants being more important than that of an individual. Fear helps to develop the plot as well in that it functions as hidden ripple in the perfection of Omelas because how can a person or group of persons be perfect when they still fear things. It also plays a key role in helping to develop the story's sub themes of the importance of preserving paradise and how easy it is to dehumanize someone when it is beneficial to yourself as well as the need ...view middle of the document...

(Le Guin271) This is truer of the people of Omelas than it is of the child. The people of the town have been afraid for so long of what would happen upon release of the child that it would be impossible to cease the tradition without garnering many false reactions. The collective's fear of what may or may not occur in the town leaves the innocent individual without reprieve from its hell locked in a closet without even a kind word. (Le Guin271)One of the sub themes of the story is the importance of preserving paradise. The people of Omelas are motivated by the fear of losing their paradise. What led them to the decision of placing the child in the small room is not apparent, what keeps the child in the closet however is, fear of pain, fear of suffering, fear of everything that is not perfect in the world. The child's torture is not kept secret from the people of Omelas quite the opposite in fact people bring their children to see the child when they are between eight and twelve years old. Some people do not understand why the child has to be in the closet but,"They all understand that their happiness, the beauty of their city, the tenderness of their friendships, the health of their children, the wisdom of their scholars, the skill of their makers, even the abundance of their harvest and the weather of their skies depend wholly on this child's abominable misery." (Le Guin271)The people understand that if the child were to be released every good in Omelas would be instantly destroyed. The people of Omelas are so afraid of losing their perfect reality that they refuse to see the absurdity of their actions or inactions in relation to the child.Individually it is important to dehumanize the child in one's own mind in order to be at peace with the situation. This is a sub theme of the story. Fear plays an important role in relation to this theme; fears effect is that it makes it easier to dehumanize the child. The people subconsciously fear their own conscience and its natural revolt against such inhumane treatment. Every thought of freedom for the child is immediately quelled by reasons why is better for the child itself to be left the way it is. While at first a child of Omelas being shown the child leaves in a certain rage about the situation eventually they grow to accept it for their own good and the good of society. They grow to regard the child as being 'imbecile" and "too uncouth for any humane treatment" (Le Guin271). Because of this they are able to live comfortably in their paradise without shame of what is...

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