The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

Denne study guide hjælper dig med at analysere novellen “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” af Ursuala K. Le Guin. Novellen findes i lærebogen Wider Contexts (ss. 35-40).

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018) er mest kendt for fantasy- og science fiction-fortællinger, men også for sine noveller og børnebøger. Novellen “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” blev publiceret i 1973 i magasinet New Directions og indbragte forfatteren en Hugo Award for bedste novelle.

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Symbols

When it comes to elements of the setting, the mountains and the locked door can be seen as symbols of imprisonment and isolation. The door blocks the child’s access to freedom, while the mountains isolate Omelas and might make it difficult for people to leave the city. 

The basement with no windows is symbolic of hidden things people keep secret or refuse to see. The people of Omelas all know about the child and even come and see it, but keeping it hidden makes it easier not to think about it. 

The city itself is a symbol, representing a utopia, a society that seems ideal but does not exist in reality. In a way, Omelas is symbolic of all other imagined utopias, suggesting that perfect societies cannot exist. 

The imprisoned child is symbolic of the scapegoat, of all the people who are made to suffer so that others can enjoy a good life. The child could be symbolic of workers in industrial societies or of slaves. Its suffering also points to how ...

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The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

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