Comparisons in The Lotery and The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

Why do you drink coffee when you wake up? Why do you go to church every Sunday? There are reasons for everything in life. In “The Lottery,” and “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” have some comparisons. These stories both have misery as their reasons for why they do what they do. They both compare how misery is cruel, and how good can come from it. “The Lottery” starts out by describing the day: ” June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green.” “The Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas” describes, “A cheerful faint sweetness of the air that from time to time trembled and gathered together and broke out in joyous clanging of the bells.” Reading these descriptions of how the day was and how the town roared with excitement was misleading, due to the events that take place in these stories. These stories both have reasons behind there actions. Let’s first start with “The Lottery.” “Clean forgot what day it was, she said to Mrs. Delacroix, who stood next to her, and they both laughed softly.” “Well, Mr. Summer’s said, “guess that’s everybody.” Seems like everyone in town is here to pick a lottery ticket, but a lottery ticket for what, a new truck, a new house, or millions in money? Not even close, everyone is there to see who is going to be picked to lose his or her life, so that the corn will be heavy. In the story “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” it is a different event. “In the room a child is sitting. It is feeble-minded. Perhaps it was born defective, or perhaps it has become imbecile through fear, malnutrition, and neglect.” This story has a child locked in a room for the same reason, so “that their happiness, the beauty of their city, the tenderness of their friendships, the health of their children, the wisdom of their scholars, the skill of their …

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