The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

5. The locked, dark cellar in which the child sits is the rotten foundation of the Omelas’s society. At the beginning, Omelas’s citizens was celebrating the Festival of Summer, “the music beat faster, a shimmering of gong and tambourine” (231), “the Green Fields boys and girls, naked in the bright air, with mud-stained feet and ankles” (231). The scenario seemed perfect. But the trouble of the Omelas came right after the delight. In fact, Omelas was a city that was full of crime such as, sex, drug, and no organized religion. “Surely the beautiful nudes can just wander about, offering themselves like divine soufflés to the hunger of the needy and the rapture of the flesh” (233), “beautiful nude priests and priestesses already half in ecstasy and ready to copulate” (233), “not manned temple. Religion yes, clergy no” (233).

Other symbols:

Horses are the part of the ceremony which represented for the power, nobility and freedom. “The horse being the only animal who has adopted our ceremonies as his own” (231)

Swallow is represented for freedom too, but it is a limited freedom since the swallow never travelled far out to the sea. “Their high calls rising like the swallow’s crossing flights over the music and the singing” (231).

The flute player is lonely among the happy Omelas citizen which is a judgment for him, probably because he is somehow different from the crowds. “People pause to listen, and they   smile, but they do not speak to him” (234).


6. The story implies the ugliness in human being of our society. People are just selfish, they care much about their benefits and happiness but giving a cold heart to the person who is miserable and sacrifice his life for those folk’s joyfulness. The Omelas follow the rule that never talk, listen, or even release the child in the dark cellar without asking why. When there is someone think differently, they just walk away without helping or releasing the child. The ones who walk away from Omelas is incompetent to stand up for justice.