Essay - Comparison ‘the Lottery’ and ‘the Ones Who Walks Away from Omelas’

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Standing on the sideline and just stand there and watch something bad happening. To be a specta-tor and take a distance to the wrong thing what is happening. Just standing there as a spectator, without taking any action without doing anything and being just as responsible as the per-son/persons committing the bad thing. In the two short stories: ‘The Lottery’ and ‘The Ones Who Walks Away From Omelas’, we see spectators who doesn’t take any action, and just look away from all the bad thing happening in their town. When you compare the two stories and look and the atmosphere, characters, and the theme you will see the similarities and the difference be-tween the two short stories.

Both short stories begin with a harmonious setting and atmosphere. They both begin with descrip-tion of a beautiful summer day. “The flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green” - The Lottery, p. 25 l. 4-5. “Old moss-grown gardens and under avenues of trees,” - The Ones Who Walks Away From Omelas, p.35 l. 5. The setting and the atmosphere is very peacefully in both stories, and you get the impression that the life in the town in both stories are in harmony. But then the atmosphere changes in the lottery it happens when we are introduced to the black box the people from the town are all scared of what is going to happen, and whose name will be drawn from the black box. In the end all the children are excited about stoning the person who was drawn from the black box. In Omelas we first experience an atmosphere change, when we are told about the little child in the basement, who is being sacrificed. At the beginning in both stories we don’t sense that these bad things are happening in the two towns. The beautiful setting and atmosphere described at first is just a façade and behind that façade bad things are happening and the harmonious towns aren’t harmonious at all.…...

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