History Literature / TheOnesWhoWalkAwayFromOmelas

7th Nov '17 2:49:12 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* SadisticChoice: At the core of the story. Every citizen of Omelas, once they old enough to comprehend the full extend of the city's dark secret and what it entails are offered the choice to stay in Omelas, with the full knowledge of the terrible price paid for their own happiness, or, should they deem this truth unacceptable, leave Omelas and never return.

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* SadisticChoice: At the core of the story. Every citizen of Omelas, once they old enough to comprehend the full extend of the city's dark secret and what it entails entails, will have the truth revealed to them and are then offered the choice to stay in Omelas, though now with the full knowledge of the terrible price which is being paid for their own happiness, or, should they deem this truth unacceptable, leave Omelas and never return.
7th Nov '17 2:47:27 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* SadisticChoice: At the core of the story. Every citizen of Omelas, once they old enough to comprehend the full extend of the city's dark secret and what it entails are offered the choice to stay in Omelas, with the full knowledge of the terrible price paid for their own happiness, or, should they deem this truth unacceptable, leave Omelas and never return.
13th Aug '17 10:53:35 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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"[[http://web.archive.org/web/20070810183849/http://www.twinoaks.org/members-exmembers/exmembers/center/omelas.html The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas]]" is a {{Meta Fiction}} by {{Ursula K Le Guin}}, written in 1973.

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"[[http://web.archive.org/web/20070810183849/http://www.twinoaks.org/members-exmembers/exmembers/center/omelas.html The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas]]" is a {{Meta Fiction}} MetaFiction by {{Ursula K Le Guin}}, Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin, written in 1973.



* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Part of Omelas' description mentions it having things that haven't yet been invented, such as floating light sources, fuelless power, and a cure for the common cold.



* CrapsaccharineWorld: Downplayed. Omelas genuinely ''is'' a {{Utopia}}, but [[spoiler: one whose existence relies on a continually-sustained act of unspeakable barbarity towards an innocent.]]
* {{Deconstruction}}: More like a deconstruction of utopia deconstructions. As readers who are used to reading dystopian literature can't possibly accept a utopia with some sort of catch, the LemonyNarrator just throws out [[spoiler: the tortured child]] to satisfy the reader's inner curiosity.
* DefectorFromParadise: The story features the titular Ones. The Ones are people who choose to leave the perfect Utopian city of Omelas of their own will because [[spoiler: Omelas' prosperity is PoweredByAForsakenChild]].

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* CrapsaccharineWorld: Downplayed. Omelas genuinely ''is'' a {{Utopia}}, but [[spoiler: one [[spoiler:one whose existence relies on a continually-sustained act of unspeakable barbarity towards an innocent.]]
* {{Deconstruction}}: More like a deconstruction of utopia deconstructions. As readers who are used to reading dystopian literature can't possibly accept a utopia with some sort of catch, the LemonyNarrator just throws out [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the tortured child]] to satisfy the reader's inner curiosity.
* DefectorFromParadise: The story features the titular Ones. The Ones are people who choose to leave the perfect Utopian city of Omelas of their own will because [[spoiler: Omelas' [[spoiler:Omelas' prosperity is PoweredByAForsakenChild]].



* {{Good Is Not Dumb}}: The narrator emphasizes that the happiness of the people of Omelas doesn't make them stupid or naive.
* {{Inherent In The System}}: In order for Omelas to run properly, [[spoiler:one child must be kept in absolute misery]].

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* {{Good Is Not Dumb}}: GoodIsNotDumb: The narrator emphasizes that the happiness of the people of Omelas doesn't make them stupid or naive.
* {{Inherent In The System}}: InherentInTheSystem: In order for Omelas to run properly, [[spoiler:one child must be kept in absolute misery]].



* MarySueTopia: PlayedWith: the LemonyNarrator constantly mentions how perfect the town is, but obviously [[GenreSavvy doesn't expects the reader to believe]] that such a place would exist ''anywhere'' [[TownWithADarkSecret without some kind of price being paid]], so eventually the narrator [[spoiler: just drops the description of the child and what is done to it for the sake of making ''the rest'' of the town a MarySueTopia and essentially asks the reader: "[[ArmorPiercingQuestion There you go, a horrible flaw in the system! Are you happy now?!]]"]].
* MeaningfulName: Averted. Le Guin says that she just got the name by seeing "Salem, OR" (that's Oregon) on a road sign and spelled it backwards on a whim. But the name "Salem" is meaningful on its own -- it has the same root word as the Hebrew word ''Shalom,'' or "peace," and of course it is the name of the town which held infamous witch trials.
* {{Meta Fiction}}: The narrator speaks directly to the reader, even insisting that they cannot properly describe Omelas in all its glory.

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* MarySueTopia: PlayedWith: the MarySuetopia: {{Invoked|Trope}}. The LemonyNarrator constantly mentions how perfect the town is, but doesn't think the non-ironic, non-corny perfection is coming across to the reader, and so urges the reader to imagine his/her own version of a perfect place, rife with whatever he/she personally thinks is good and devoid of whatever he/she deems bad.
-->But I wish I could describe it better. I wish I could convince you. Omelas sounds in my words like a city in a fairy tale, long ago and far away, once upon a time. Perhaps it would be best if you imagined it as your own fancy bids, assuming it will rise to the occasion, for certainly I cannot suit you all.
:: :It's played with later when the Narrator,
obviously [[GenreSavvy doesn't expects not expecting the reader to believe]] that such a place would exist ''anywhere'' [[TownWithADarkSecret without some kind of price being paid]], so eventually the narrator [[spoiler: just [[spoiler:just drops the description of the child and what is done to it for the sake of making ''the rest'' of the town a MarySueTopia Mary Suetopia and essentially asks the reader: "[[ArmorPiercingQuestion There you go, a horrible flaw in the system! Are you happy now?!]]"]].
* MeaningfulName: Averted. Le Guin says that she just got the name by seeing "Salem, OR" (that's Oregon) on a road sign and spelled it backwards on a whim. But the name "Salem" is meaningful on its own -- it has the same root word as the Hebrew word ''Shalom,'' or "peace," and of course it is also the name of the Massachusetts town which held infamous witch trials.
* {{Meta Fiction}}: MetaFiction: The narrator speaks directly to the reader, even insisting that they cannot properly describe Omelas in all its glory.



* TakeThatAudience: The LemonyNarrator makes it clear that they are aware the reader can't possibly accept a utopia without some sort of catch, so it brings up the [[spoiler: tortured child]] with an "are you happy now?" demeanor.

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* TakeThatAudience: The LemonyNarrator makes it clear that they are aware the reader can't possibly accept a utopia without some sort of catch, so it brings up the [[spoiler: tortured [[spoiler:tortured child]] with an "are you happy now?" demeanor.



* {{Utopia Justifies The Means}}: We learn that [[spoiler:a young child is severely mistreated in order for everyone else to be happy]].
** Arguably a partial [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]: the narration never quite makes clear if the [[spoiler: suffering child]] is ''really'' necessary or not, merely that ''we the readers'' would never believe the story if not for that element. Which also makes it a bit of a [[TakeThatAudience Take That, Audience!]] for being unwilling to accept that Utopia could actually exist ''without'' a price.

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* {{Utopia Justifies The Means}}: UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: We learn that [[spoiler:a young child is severely mistreated in order for everyone else to be happy]].
** Arguably a partial [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]: the narration never quite makes clear if the [[spoiler: suffering [[spoiler:suffering child]] is ''really'' necessary or not, merely that ''we the readers'' would never believe the story if not for that element. Which also makes it a bit of a [[TakeThatAudience Take That, Audience!]] for being unwilling to accept that Utopia could actually exist ''without'' a price.



* {{Was It Really Worth It}}: Everyone in Omelas must face this question. [[spoiler: After seeing the suffering child, some people can't bear living in Omelas anymore and walk away.]]

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* {{Was It Really Worth It}}: WasItReallyWorthIt: Everyone in Omelas must face this question. [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After seeing the suffering child, some people can't bear living in Omelas anymore and walk away.]]
20th Jul '17 11:38:45 PM marcoasalazarm
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* {{Utopia}}: Omelas is this. Subverted in that some of its inhabitants decide, once they know its secret, that it isn't worth it and played with in the fact that the narrator essentially drops the bomb about the secret and then badgers the audience into having forced him to make such a horrible thing for the sake of making his description of Omelas "realistic".

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* {{Utopia}}: Omelas is this. Subverted in that some of its inhabitants decide, once they know its secret, that it isn't worth it and played with in the fact that the narrator essentially drops the bomb about the secret and then badgers the audience into about having forced him to make such a horrible thing up for the sake of making his description of Omelas "realistic".
20th Jul '17 11:36:16 PM marcoasalazarm
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* {{Utopia}}: Omelas is this. Subverted in that some of its inhabitants decide, once they know its secret, that it isn't worth it.

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* {{Utopia}}: Omelas is this. Subverted in that some of its inhabitants decide, once they know its secret, that it isn't worth it.it and played with in the fact that the narrator essentially drops the bomb about the secret and then badgers the audience into having forced him to make such a horrible thing for the sake of making his description of Omelas "realistic".
15th Oct '16 7:48:36 PM Fireblood
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%% * {{Powered By A Forsaken Child}}]].

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%% * {{Powered By A Forsaken Child}}]].PoweredByAForsakenChild: The good of Omelas appears to rely on the abject suffering of one child.



* TakeThatAudience: The LemonyNarrator makes it clear that they are aware the reader can't possibly accept a utopia without some sort of catch, so it brings up the [[spoiler: tortured child]] with a "are you happy now?" demeanor.

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* TakeThatAudience: The LemonyNarrator makes it clear that they are aware the reader can't possibly accept a utopia without some sort of catch, so it brings up the [[spoiler: tortured child]] with a an "are you happy now?" demeanor.
3rd Sep '16 4:26:13 PM CrypticMirror
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* [[spoiler: FateWorseThanDeath: Being chosen to be the one child on whose suffering the city is founded.]]

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* [[spoiler: FateWorseThanDeath: Being [[spoiler:Being chosen to be the one child on whose suffering the city is founded.]]



* [[spoiler:{{Powered By A Forsaken Child}}]].

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%% * [[spoiler:{{Powered {{Powered By A Forsaken Child}}]].
21st Aug '16 11:09:51 PM Terran117
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* {{Deconstruction}}: More like a deconstruction of utopia deconstructions. As readers who are used to reading dystopian literature can't possibly accept a utopia with some sort of catch, the LemonyNarrator just throws out [[spoiler: the tortured child]] to satisfy the reader's inner curiosity.


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* PostModernism: The LemonyNarrator interacts with the reader a lot and there is no conventional story. Actually, this may be a case of "post-post modernism" as well since the story deconstructs the reader's desire to know what the catch of a utopia is (thereby revealing the society to be a dystopia) which has come about in post modern dystopian stories that critique the idea of a perfect society.


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* TakeThatAudience: The LemonyNarrator makes it clear that they are aware the reader can't possibly accept a utopia without some sort of catch, so it brings up the [[spoiler: tortured child]] with a "are you happy now?" demeanor.
19th Jul '16 2:52:57 PM morenohijazo
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* DefectorFromParadise: The story features the titular Ones. The Ones are people who choose to leave the perfect Utopian city of Omelas of their own will because [[spoiler: Omelas' prosperity is PoweredByAForsakenChild]].
24th Jun '16 7:36:22 PM TotemicHero
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''[[http://web.archive.org/web/20070810183849/http://www.twinoaks.org/members-exmembers/exmembers/center/omelas.html The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas]]'' is a {{Meta Fiction}} by {{Ursula K Le Guin}}, written in 1973.

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''[[http://web."[[http://web.archive.org/web/20070810183849/http://www.twinoaks.org/members-exmembers/exmembers/center/omelas.html The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas]]'' Omelas]]" is a {{Meta Fiction}} by {{Ursula K Le Guin}}, written in 1973.



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