History Literature / TheOnesWhoWalkAwayFromOmelas

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.



!!''The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas'' contains examples of:

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!!''The !!"The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas'' Omelas" contains examples of:
31st Dec '15 3:28:35 AM CassandraLeo
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* WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler:It's basically impossible to discuss the major themes of the work without mentioning the forsaken child.]]
20th May '15 12:05:47 PM marcoasalazarm
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* MarySueTopia: PlayedWith: the LemonyNarrator constantly mentions how perfect the town is, but obviously doesn't expects the reader to believe that such a place would exist ''anywhere'' 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: "There you go, a horrible flaw in the system! Are you happy now?!"]].

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* MarySueTopia: PlayedWith: the LemonyNarrator constantly mentions how perfect the town is, but obviously [[GenreSavvy doesn't expects the reader to believe believe]] that such a place would exist ''anywhere'' [[TownWithADarkSecret without some kind of price being paid, 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: "There "[[ArmorPiercingQuestion There you go, a horrible flaw in the system! Are you happy now?!"]].now?!]]"]].
20th May '15 12:03:01 PM marcoasalazarm
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* MarySueTopia: PlayedWith: the LemonyNarrator constantly mentions how perfect the town is, but obviously doesn't expects the reader to believe that such a place would exist ''anywhere'' 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: "There you go, a horrible flaw in the system! Are you happy now?!"]].
29th Apr '15 1:09:20 PM xanthocholy
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* ItIsDehumanizing: An IntendedAudienceReaction. The narrator refers to the child as "it" because "it could be a boy or girl" at any time in the history of Omelas, but the effect of this trope persists nonetheless: readers understand that the child is seen more as a thing than as a person.
17th Dec '14 7:19:12 PM vifetoile
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* 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.
8th Dec '14 6:45:10 PM vifetoile
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* TheShiningCity: Omelas. The narrator describes the city on a glorious festival day, of horse races and music and good cheer wherever you look.

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* TheShiningCity: ShiningCity: Omelas. The narrator describes the city on a glorious festival day, of horse races and music and good cheer wherever you look.
8th Dec '14 6:41:24 PM vifetoile
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* SdrawkcabName: WordOfGod says that Omelas was named by spelling Salem, O[regon] backwards.

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* SdrawkcabName: WordOfGod says that Omelas was named by spelling Salem, O[regon] backwards.
* TheShiningCity: Omelas. The narrator describes the city on a glorious festival day, of horse races and music and good cheer wherever you look.



* TownWithADarkSecret: Subverted, possibly. It doesn't seem to actually be a ''secret'' to anyone except the reader and the very young inhabitants.

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* TownWithADarkSecret: Subverted, possibly. It doesn't seem to actually be a ''secret'' to anyone except All citizens of Omelas learn the reader and secret once they're old enough to understand it. The secret is only kept (briefly) from the very young inhabitants.reader.
16th Sep '14 6:13:37 AM TrustBen
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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Due to the nature of the narrative, it's actually asked of the reader:
-->"Now do you believe in them? Are they not more credible?"
25th Jul '14 8:47:39 PM McJeff
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* DevilsAdvocate: At one point, the Narrator takes on that role. Aside from TheNeedsOfTheMeny and UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans arguments it presents, it also proposes that since [[spoiler:the forsaken child]] is so traumatized as to be irrevocably brain-damaged, perhaps there's no reason not to extend its suffering as long as possible to save someone else from the same fate.

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* DevilsAdvocate: At one point, the Narrator takes on that role. Aside from TheNeedsOfTheMeny TheNeedsOfTheMany and UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans arguments it presents, it also proposes that since [[spoiler:the forsaken child]] is so traumatized as to be irrevocably brain-damaged, perhaps there's no reason not to extend its suffering as long as possible to save someone else from the same fate.
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