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The One Who Walks Away From Omelas In the short story The One Who Walks Away From Omelas author Ursula K Le Guin describes a magnificent joyous city that appears to be almost perfect When I was first reading this it made me think of a city that was somewhere in the orient I thought this because there were gongs being rung in the city before the parade In other streets the music beat faster a shimmering of gong and tambourine and other people went dancing the procession was a dance236 I liked the way that the parade was coming out of the city and then going into an open field where the horse race was going to be held The whole city seems to be perfect but they have a secret In the basement of a building there was a young child who was locked in a closet and abused Why was this child there What had he done to be locked in the basement The children of Omelas would be taken to see this young child when they were between eight and twelve years old After people have come to seen this child they often leave very upset Often the young people go home in tears or in a tearless rage when they have seen the child and faced this terrible paradox239 This shows that the people of Omelas are not always completely happy Cousins 2 The reason why the city of Omelas is always so joyous is because of the one child misery the tenderness of their friendships the beauty of their city 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 this childs abominable misery Why does something such as the weather depend on the young childs misery This all confused me I was not
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