There was a child before "it" and there will always be a child after "it" because the people of Omelas have come to accept it as the price for their prosperity. The people of Omelas put away all their pity and helplessness that they had felt for the child and continued living their life despite knowing that there will always be a child or "lost soul" suffering as a sacrifice for their continued happy and guilt free society... displayed 300 characters
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Having this approach to this situation might even open my eyes to the fact that Omelas is a city that lives in doubt. The people of Omelas are not free themselves because they seem to be trapped into this society of forced happiness. It is through this child they know compassion, happiness and freedom... displayed next 300 characters
Utilitarianism concerns itself with the consequences of an action. Here, in the story, the action of maltreating a child is not judeged, but only the resulting happiness for everyone else justifies the act through Utility...
"Omelas sounds in my words like a city in a fairy tale, long ago and far away, once upon a time"(LeGuin 876). Omelas does sound too good to be true. While the narrator is saying all that Omelas has and does not have, she says "One thing I know there is none of in Omelas is guilt"(877)...
Lu Guin shows lots of human emotions in this story and as you read it you will feel each emotion. First there's happiness for the town celebrating its festival of summer, then sadness as they describle the small child, then anger sets in when they state how no one helps and the whole town just??...
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