Response 6: “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”

Here are four questions I’d like you to answer in response to Ursula K. Le Guin’s story, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.” Be sure to write this on the appropriate space on your blog.

1. What is your reaction to the story?

2. Discuss the importance of this line, from the middle of p. 828: “Happiness is based on a just discrimination of what is necessary, what is neither necessary nor destructive, and what is destructive.”

3. Why does Le Guin (or her narrator) give so much control to the reader, letting them choose what the residents of Omelas have, “As you like it”?

4. What comparisons with the real world does Le Guin invite you to make, or does the metaphorical city of Omelas seem to relate to?


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