An Analysis of the Utopia Question in Ursula Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”

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Merve Güranç

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This paper explores the theme of utopia and dystopia in Ursula Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”. The city of Omelas as a place, creates multiple spaces in accordance with the individuals and their perceptions about their surroundings. While the joyous citizens of Omelas perceive the city as a utopia, the child who ‘needs to’ suffer for their constructed system of stability, perceives the world that surrounds her/him as a dystopia. Le Guin, by giving the narrator a dominant power to include the readers into the storyline, also establishes the readers of the story as the individual beings that exist in the textual space of the narration. After giving the descriptions about the city of Omelas which is built on the duality of utopia and dystopia, Le Guin contributes a different kind of setting to the story, a place outside of Omelas, which cannot even be described verbally. My aim in this paper is to analyse the double-sided nature of the city of Omelas, and the spatial significance that Omelas, as an entity creates.


 

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Güranç, M. 2019. An Analysis of the Utopia Question in Ursula Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”. Journal of English Language and Literature Club. 1, 2 (Sep. 2019), 36-39.
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