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The Ones Who Walked Away from Omela vs the Lottery Essay

  • Submitted by: shanJ2004
  • on November 13, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 711 words

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After reading two of the short stories “The ones who walked away from Omelas” by Ursela K. Le Guin, and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, both stories were similar as well different. The story “The ones who walked away from Omelas” can leave readers questioning, maybe confuse. The story “The Lottery” would have readers more shock. Throughout the essay I will explain the similarities and differences in both stories.                                    
  These stories were similar because both of the stories started off as an innocent pleasant sunny days, “With a clamor of bell that set the swallows soaring, the festival of summer came to the city. Omelas bright towered by the sea.” (Le Guin 258). “The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full summer day” (Jackson 263). Both stories contains a gathering in the story “The ones who walked away” “Old people in long stiff robes of mauve and grey, grave master workmen, quiet, merry women carrying their babies and chatting as they walked” (Le Guin 258), as well people were dancing, music and singing. In the story “Lottery” “Men were gathered in a corner telling stories smiled rather than laughing, the women were wearing faded house dresses and sweaters” (Jackson 263). In both stories there is a twist to it, an innocent person is either being harmed physically or mentally. In both stories the gatherers don’t agree with how things are done but nobody speaks up such as in the story “The ones who walked away” it said “They feel anger, outrage, impotence despite all the explanations. They would like to do something for the child. But there is nothing they can do” (Le Guin 261). In the story “The lottery” it said “That over in the north village they’re talking of giving up the lottery” (Jackson 266). Last way these two stories relate both groups has their beliefs in the story “The ones who walked away” they believe that if the child was brought to sunlight “Beauty and delight of the Omelas would...

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