Omelas Symbolism

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On June 27th, the residents of a small New England village gather in the town square to conduct the lottery. The lottery is a tradition for the town and the villagers. The town only has roughly three hundred people. Mr. Summers, the officiant of the lottery, brings the black box into the center of the square. Mr. Graves, the postmaster, brings a stool for the black box. Children assemble first, “Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones; Bobby and Harry Jones and Dickie Delacroix…” (p. 857). Soon after men gathered in the town square and then women followed. Families got together to be as one during the lottery. As, Mr. Summer’s and …show more content…
The entire population of Omelas joins together in various processionals through the city. Young boys and girls in the Green Fields exercise their horses in preparation for the festival race. The city might seem perfect, but it is far from it. Beneath the city lives a nameless child who knows only darkness and squalor. The poor child was chosen by the population to exist as a living sacrifice that allows the rest of the city to live in peace and happiness. The child lives in a tiny, windowless …show more content…
individualism. Omelas, shows that there is happiness in the society; is valued above that of the child locked up under the city. No other character is treated as an individual. The other characters can be divided into two categories: those who walk away from Omelas and those who don't. This has a huge impact on the effect on the population. The symbolism found in this story includes: the life of the young child. The child lives an awful life to be amusement to the people whom can live a happy life.
This story made me so sad. It was hard for me to read. Knowing that a child could be locked away in a cellar away from all social interaction is truly astonishing. No human being should be treated this way of any kind. Everyone, should have the right to live their life the way they want to and desire.
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