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Writer’s Choice Essay

Answer each of the questions below, based on Ursula Le Guin’s philosophical short story “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.” (250 words max)

1. Is Omelas a utopia?

2. Is it possible to have a happy/just/good society at the expense of someone else?

3. Can you think of an analogy of the child in the room to our society? (For example, do we benefit from exploiting others, or enjoy aspects of our lives by standing on the backs of others, either within our own society or across the world?) Discuss.