Omelas Questions.

5. The thing that was suggested by the locked, dark cellar in which the child sits would be that this makes others happy. Some people would rather be happy with others suffering rather than themselves.  Other details in the story are suggestive enough to be called symbolic which would be the following: the child is a jesus figure, everything has a price. Another symbolic thing would be the people walking away from the Omelas, they know where they are going, aside from the people that stay at the Omelas. \

6. In the story Omelas I do not find any criticism of our own society.


Journal Response to Literature:

In the story “A Cleaned, Well-Lighted Place” by Ernest Hemingway, there is a deeper understanding of setting. This being the time, place, environment etc.. This story takes place in a cafe, at night. The story starts off by saying that the deaf man in the cafe likes staying in their because of the fact that its calmer (Hemingway, 143).  It talks about him wanting to kill himself because he is lonely. The waiters in the story can not figure out why he drinks all the time.

The deaf man does not think there’s a difference between time. He doesn’t care if he stays at the cafe until 3’clock (Hemingway,145). Some people live for the night. Some people live for the day. This deaf man lived just to live another day. He liked the peace and quiet, he liked the late night and the moon shinning, he liked being alone. As far as the story goes, he justs wants to be in the cafe.

The deaf man does not want music, nor can he hear it. He doesn’t have fear. The deaf man has insomnia, this is why he prefers to be awake late at night and be asleep early in the day. (Hemingway, 146)

The deaf’s man light is the beautiful night sky, the street lights, the car lights, and the cafe.





Backpack Literature. Ernest Hemingway, A Clean Well-Lighted Place. 1961.