I believe The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas is an example of both utopian and dystopian literature. It has elements corresponding to both types of literature although they are divided into the first and second halves of the story respectively. The author leads you on to believe that Omelas is in perfect harmony and that the inhabitants are content with their lives completely. The people of Omelas have no crime, sickness, poverty or greed. However, as the story goes on, things are not pleasant for all the inhabitants of Omelas as the author would have you believe.
At the beginning of the story the author paints a picture of a port town with many boats in its harbor with flags ready for celebration. The children are riding naked on horses with only halters as their guide. This tells the reader that the people of Omelas are so comfortable with their neighbors that they can let their children ride naked together alone. The horses of Omelas are so well trained and content with their home that they only need a halter to ride. The children and the boats are celebrating a summer festival. The weather in Omelas is perfect for their festival, just enough wind to make the banners float in the air. The people of Omelas are of above average intelligence and yet are in no need of modern technology.
The citizens of Omelas live simple lives and let others into their community from around their land during the festival. When the outsiders enter Omelas they too succumb to the peaceful ways that dominate the town. The author makes it clear by this point that the story is boring you so far and that she should add an orgy. This seemed kind of weird to me but she was trying to make a point that we cannot believe in a story about a city like this that doesn’t have some sort of filth to it. She puts the doubt in our mind that makes us wonder what makes the people of Omelas so damn good.
The focus then shifts back upon the citizens and their...