LCT Task 3 – Term Paper Example
Ursula K. LeGuin, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” Literature review: “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula K. LeGuin Ursula LeGuin, the author, of “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” begins by introducing to the reader how the residents of Omelas city are enthusiastic and full of delight in the summer festival that was due as merry women walked chatting (Gilbert, 2000). The residents of Omelas city are smart and decorous in that their houses had painted roofs and walls while old people were seen in grey, long, stiff robes of mauve. The decoration was extended to braiding manes of horses with steamers of silver gold and green. Similarly, the residents of Omelas city were cultured as they celebrated and danced professionally to music in the streets. The author notes that “merry women carrying their babies and chatting as they walked. In other streets the music beat faster, a shimmering of gong and tambourine, and the people went dancing, the procession was a dance” (Ursala, nd, p1). Culture is vastly expressed in that they all believe that a single unfortunate child among fortunate children is kept in filth, misery and darkness. This situation is expressed when the happiness of the whole Omelas is initiated by the sacrifice of a child to represent the whole community (Cadden, 2005). According to the author, the child lives in a desperate situation “Perhaps it was born defective, or perhaps it has become imbecile
through fear, malnutrition, and neglect” (Ursala, nd, p4). The child’s social class in this respect is the lowest going by the way it is treated. No one is allowed to say kind words to it or to show it pity publicly. The child is used as a ransom religiously to assure the prosperity of the city. The child’s sickening suffering in effect helps the city to remain happy.
My encounter unto such a happening has been in school life whereby, some learners or students take advantage of difference in race, ability or capability to particularly gain advantage over others. This usually leads to discrimination, neglect and imbalance of rights accorded to particular people in the school environment as compared to the rest. These students have an avenue which introduces them to the unsocial behavior, which later generates a character that is exposed in their day to day life. Authorities have little or limited control over such uncouth behavior in most cases as they either lack direct responsibility, or the law does not allow them to precede over ruling of these cases. For instance, tutors and teachers have limited rights to oversee total punishment accorded to students who physically assault other students in the school. The teacher has a ceiling to the range of punishment he can administer the student to, or else could be found guilty of breaking the law. As a child of poor social standing, I was often subject to discrimination in our class often left alone to play and segregated by the others. In class, I was accused of and actually punished for doing things that other children did wrong. In this respect, I was ransom, my voice pleading innocence in vain to the public and bearing the wrath of angry teachers.
Cadden, M (2005). Ursula K. Le Guin : beyond Genre: Fiction for Children and Adults. New York: Routledge.
Gilbert R. (2000) The Walkers Literary Companion. London: Breakaway Books.
Ursula Le Guin (Nd) The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas. Retrieved 20 Aug, 2011 http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/faculty/dunnweb/rprnts.omelas.pdf