Omelas Essay Outline

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The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas
Thesis: In our society we tend to live for our own happiness even if that means harming others in the process. Our society is like that of the Omelas, in history and in present time.
Body Paragraphs:
I. Striving for our own happiness and living in denial of those who suffer.
A. Our happiness is important to us, but we are willing to take from others in order to get our happiness.
1. “Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting”(253).
2. we are willing to watch others suffer as long as we are successful and happy
B. We live in blindness to those less fortunate
1. “The Omelas people live in denial “But to praise despair is to condemn delight, to embrace violence is to lose hold of everything
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They see the child from a distance as if there was something wrong with him.
B. The child is a reminder of how we were in history and present day.
1. This situation brings me back to the sad days of slavery,
2. We treat homeless people as if they weren’t one of us and as if we they weren’t suffering.
III. Living in a town where someone suffers so we can stay in our euphoria.
A. The child in Omelas is like a symbol of what will and can happen to those who are not good.
1. “They all know it is there, all the people of Omelas. Some of them have come to see it, others are content merely to know it is there. They all know it has to be there.”(256).
2. This child is suffering for others to be happy and most seem to be ok with it.
B. Could we really live comfortably knowing that our happiness is due to someone’s misery?
1. Euphoria is something everyone wants to have but at what extent.
2. We all think differently and strive for different goals and some will do whatever it takes to get there.

Knowing that life if hard, and going through pain and suffering is part of life that it is what keeps us strong. It is not having others suffer for us so we never know what its like. That is just weakness and fear that will not help us