And even with all this excessive indulgence, the people manage to remain elite: expert craftsman in every art, scholars of the highest caliber, gentle mothers and fathers, and all-around good people. They are leaving to become whole human beings. Lightness and brilliance essentially go hand in hand in this case. This is what subtle darkness conveys to the human psyche, a feeling of mystery and unfamiliarity with the current situation. Their happiness doesn't come from innocence or stupidity; it comes from their willingness to sacrifice one human being for the benefit of the rest. They are like the German citizens who moved away rather than stop the slaughter of Jews in their towns. They may convince themselves that what they are doing is perfectly fine, and that they will not suffer the consequences.
That is the whole question. The ones still there have yet to face their inner wars. The atmosphere is rich with music, festivities, and orgies. These are just some of the symbols we were able to pull out of the story, but we believe that these are some of the most important. The city appears to be very likable. Something which is very much the case in Omelas.
As hard as it was to imagine, I thought that belonging to such city could help us forget what pain feels like and bring upon peace. The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas Literary Devices Allegory is a form of literature that uses characters, events, and places symbolically to represent something else—typically, abstract concepts. The significance of the music may not be a pleasant one and it could ultimately mean that of evil. But people who commit suicide seem to have a feeling that they somehow know what afterlife is. The cities are in ruins and the people are annoying and unfriendly. Or they might return to what once was, what existed before these twisted individuals built an entire thriving society on the immense suffering of one, defenseless individual—a return to humanity.
However, I have posted most of that I feel is important about it. This tells the reader that the people of Omelas are so comfortable with their neighbors that they can let their children ride naked together alone. Did LeGuine study Jungian philosophy? We have ethical dilemmas in the real world that are similar yet more murky, such as euthanasia for the hopelessly ill and elderly, triaging in disasters and on the battleground not every limb, person, or finger can be saved , and wars that are supposably1 fought for the good of the world, but result in millions of deaths and injuries. As the narrator asks the reader to imagine Omelas in greater and greater detail, they also invite the reader to become increasingly invested in the society. Or they could have none of that; it doesn't matter. Any attempts to evoke real, near-perfect happiness end up sounding trite.
The ones who accept the tradition really have no other choice but to replace the child. Some would rationalize this by believing that they were subhuman. Some face up to their pain. Do you accept success at the expense of others, or do you refuse to harm the innocent for your benefit? Do you accept that or refuse it? Going back to the replacing the child part, I was thinking that they would not need to replace the child because it says he goes through perpetual never-ending darkness and isolation. After letting the words of the text sink in and the nature of the Omelasians are truly assessed, one might say that they are very inhuman. It is also possible that Le Guin is suggesting that there is a price to pay for happiness and freedom. Almost anyone nowadays will say no, of course not.
It is a fantastical place so transcendental that the author herself struggles to properly detail its majesty. To me, it very much resembles todays day in time. Sadly, sunlight is a nearly forgotten, distant dream to this child and the little remembrance that it has of the light gives it courage to occasionally speak. I would consider it, or will, rather. The citizens come to the consensus that nothing can be done for the child, and nothing should be done.
It is neither male or female. To further visualize this concept, one may use this example: if an individual believes a lie with enough intensity, no matter how erroneous it is, that statement starts to sound true in his or her head. In fact, they sound downright animalistic—perhaps even worse than beasts. In order for the people of Omelas to live this way, a child must be kept stowed away in a dark closet. The city of Omelas is never given a specific location in time or space, but seems to occur in an imaginary universe outside the realm of human history. It makes its victims feel like the only getaway is death, for in death there is hope that there may be something better.
When she describes how the happiness of 1000 must be at the cost of the happiness of one, she is merely describing how each citizen of Omelas justifies it to themselves. There is no goodness worth the deliberate, unexplained suffering of an innocent child. Third, the city dwellers gave up much of their humanity by not dealing with their own suffering, but pushing it off on another. It has elements corresponding to both types of literature although they are divided into the first and second halves of the story respectively. Some of the citizens did not agree with the way the child was being treated and chose to leave Omelas and not be a part of something that was so wrong. They were mature, intelligent, passionate adults whose lives were not wretched.