readers that ultimately the American notion of equality is flawed. The obvious statement that Vonnegut makes is that in order to regulate social equality, we must bring down the society to a lowest common denominator. This is achieved in the story by adding weights to make the athletic more slow, attaching masks to the beautiful so that the ugly could feel secure and implanting neural devices that make the intelligent seem more like the dumb. Vonnegut intentionally keeps the flawed American ideal of equality as the main theme by focusing on these three subjective traits which are athleticism, beauty, and intelligence. One must ask themselves, are these three ideas solely responsible for social inequality? Surely objective aspects such as race, gender, income and class be factored into the scale of equating equality? Vonnegut intentionally diverts from focusing on these objective aspects of equality in order to imply that the American view of equality is distorted. This distortion is the result of a recurring flaw in American ideals, which is abstractionism vs. realism. By focusing on only subjective aspects of equality within the story, Vonnegut is understating that Americans need to focus on more important and relevant issues when it comes to dealing with equality. Secondly, the notion that the American ideal of equality is flawed is prevalent within the story "The Ones Who Walked away from Omelas." William James, the story's author writes about a utopic society in which every one of its citizens is happy, except for one.
The suffering and mistreatment of a child scapegoat is the reason for the happiness and prosperity of Omelas. The people of Omelas are aware of this dilemma and are able to accept the fact that their city thrives on the misery of one child. James focuses his satire on the American idea of equality while