Science Fiction Essays

Compare and Contrast of Short Stories

In “The Ones That Walk Away From Omelas” and “The Lottery”, Ursula Le Guin and Shirley Jackson portray a supposedly perfect society built on clandestine secrets. In the short story “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas”, Omelas’ inhabitants are smart and cultured, and it seems like a utopian city of happiness and delight. Everything about Omelas is your every desire, disregarding the secret of the city: the good fortune of Omelas requires that a single unfortunate child be kept…

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