I am going to be strictly honest; I did not like either story. The reason being is that I do not believe in sacrificing anyone for the betterment of a community or nation. To me that is what the author of bot stories did. They sacrificed two innocent children for the “supposed” betterment of a colony.
In the story “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” the colony sacrificed a little child who was only 6 years old. They hid that child away like the child had the plague and no one wanted to have anything to do with the child except to feed and water the child on occasion. The child had no understanding of what day, month, year, or time it was so the child just quietly sat back and would only hope that someone would come. When someone came to the child they kicked at the child so they would not have to touch because I am assuming they were afraid of the child.
The families of the colony assumed the child had mental and physical issues because the child was different than what they were. They did not understand how the child would function in their colony so they decided to put the child away in a cellar and more or less forget about the child. Because the child was probably slow and maybe physically challenged they thought that the child would not be able to be taught their ways and they probably did not think the child would live as long as the child did. They assumed that by treating this child in those types of conditions that the child would give up and fade away.
“Harry Bergeron” was sentenced to prison for being smart, healthy, and handsome. To me this is not a place to be either. The reason being is that they want everyone to be the same. They want them to look, act, and be of the same intelligence. They believed that by making everyone wear masks that they would all look the same. By putting a chip in everyone’s head that made it seem like everyone was not to be smarter than the next person was not right either. If one person was thinking and...