As with any individual, there are various components in the composition of a story that succumb to a reader's appetite for literature. Some prefer themes of war, love, lust, etc. Personally, I do not have a specific theme that I call my favorite. However, I, like most readers would agree, understand what keeps my attention in a good novel: irony, thinking in one direction and then dramatically changing speed and direction in a given situation. Ursula K. Le Guin's "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" displays an excellent and intriguingly ironic plot throughout the course of the story. Le Guin initially places us in a perfect town, a utopia. The locals carry on in peace and indulge in life's simple pleasures. However, as soon as we conclude that there is nothing interesting about a dreamy fairytale, Le Guin displays a dramatic transition, a twist: the town conceals a deep, dark secret of a small child helplessly locked away from the rest of society. The ones who witness this secret walk away, and the ones who know about it continue to live in their perfect world. The characters that look away from this event thrive on joy of denial, and the ones who confront it walk away in search for something a little more perfect. However, it is the town's attitude of denial that is the ironic churning force behind their happiness. .
Before reading any short story we are introduced to the title. Understanding that a title is not much to work with, we carry it with us throughout the duration of the story. In the introduction to our short story, we find a perfect city, and, while letting the title marinate in the back of our minds, begin to ask ourselves why the ones are walking away from a perfect city. We anticipate the answer more when we arrive at "Do you accept the festival, the city, the joy? No? Then let me describe one more thing." As readers, we lower our heads and widen our eyes.