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The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas is the story of a Utopian society whose survival depends on the existence of a child who is locked in a small room and mistreated The story opens as the celebration of the Festival of Summer is getting underway in the city of Omelas There is an air of genuine excitement about the festival with its flag-adorned boats noisy running children prancing horses and great joyous clanging of the bells The author Ursula Le Guinn uses extensive imagery in describing the beautiful scenery of Omelas in order to emphasize her theme of choice and what people will let go in order to be happy Although all of the citizens of Omelas are aware of the childs situation most of them accept that their happiness is dependent on this particular childs abominable misery Sometimes however a few people after visiting the child and seeing the horrible conditions under which it lives leave Omelas forever In her short story Le Guinn invites the reader to become the main character and places the choice on them as well In the beginning of the story the author Ursula Le Guinn instructs the reader to imagine their own paradise or create their own utopia in a sense By reading on the reader follows her instruction in a way To deny it is to disembark from the story and ultimately put the book down Throughout the beginning of the story the city of joy your own Omelas is developing continuously in your head Perhaps it would be best if you imagined it as your fancy bids assuming it will rise to the occasion for certainly I cannot suit you all Le Guinn 997 Le Guinns theme of choice is demonstrated here by extending the theme beyond the characters and to the reader as well the theme is strengthened She allows you as the reader to build your own dream city if her
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