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Bad experiences are what make people grow and mature from their former selves Once someone sees that life is not the fairytale that it is made out to be he is able to make sense of the reality around him In the story The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K LeGuin the city of Omelas is a Utopia that is not as perfect as it seems from the outside The city is holding a child captive for the good of the community People come to see the child with their own eyes as it suffers and because of the horrid event of coming face to face with the child their Utopia exists This story is an allegory of the maturing process of lifes journey To the youth of Omelas life before encountering this captive is flawless Omelas seems in my words like a city in a fairytale 177 These innocent children have never been through an awful experience to make them think otherwise In the case of the story this would mean seeing the child or in real life anything forcing a child to become adult Until then they will act like children immature and self-centered He never ceases playinghis dark eyes wholly rapt in the sweet thin magic of the tune 178 The quote describes an Omelas child playing his flute As an adolescent child he is too involved in what he is doing to notice everything and everyone else around him However the children all know what is to come of their near future for They all know the child is there all the people of Omelas 179 even the children who have not yet seen it If seeing the child represents maturing then this quote would say that viewers upon seeing the child know that they will mature at some point if they have not already They may not know when or what this life-altering event will be like
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