Society is lucky enough to have the printing press which gives people many stories to read and think about. Two of these stories that are related to parables are “The Lottery” and The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas”. Both of these stories use Symbolism which are hidden in the story. In “The Lottery” and “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas”, the beautiful scene at the beginning of these two short stories along with the dark twisted ending shows that we are inherently evil.
The tone of the story suggests that some underlying excitement is stirring within the townspeople. One cannot grasp the evil waiting in the hearts of the Characters until till the end of the story upon which a woman is stoned to death by everyone in the town, including her family. “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” is another story in which a beautiful sunny day turns into despair and hopelessness. The author of “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” writes to persuade one that this utopian society does not feel the guilt. When one discovers the child in the broom closet, is when one will become aware that the whole of this utopian society depends on this child’s suffering. The people of Omelas do feel guilt but they justify that guilt by saying the child suffers for the good of the people
These two stories represent totalitarian government. A Dictator who govern and oppresses all citizens in that society. The child represents the oppressed within that society. “Happiness is based on a just discrimination of what is necessary, what is neither necessary nor destructive, and what is destructive” (LeGuin 125). If a society is truly utopian there is no need for discrimination, pain, or suffering. Again, the author is not convincing enough that this is a utopian society Unlike the short story “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” in which the metaphor for a dictatorship is hidden, “The Lottery” is an outright speaks of a traditional totalitarian government. The men choose a piece of paper from the box which is falling apart. The box is a metaphor relating to the shows that the characters lived in a society ruled by fear that they face every day.
Both “The Lottery” and “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” are intriguing stories filled with religious metaphor. From the stimulating opening scenes these two narratives show good and evil. Then, these tales pause and consider how a society can lapse with a few dominating the masses. In the end, one can only judge these stories for oneself.