The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas

You should read this book if: you’re wondering what the right thing to do is.



Written by Usrla K. Le Guin, this short story will always remain with you. The author’s insight on literature is as follows, “…because the writer cannot do it alone. The unread story is not a story; it is a little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a living thing, a story.” This story, like all good stories, requires the reader to question within. The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas is a story about moral conduct, social norms and going against the status quo.


“The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting”

“The joy built upon successful slaughter is not the right kind of joy”

“The place they go towards is a place even less imaginable to most of us than the city of happiness. I cannot describe it at all. It is possible that it does not exist. But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas”

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