Minor Conflicts


The child in the cellar is in conflict with its environment as it is afraid of the mops in the corner of the cellar. The child is unable to leave this environment and is also in conflict with the other citizens of Omelas as they are the people that imprisoned him/her for their own gain.


The ones who walk away from Omelas as well as the citizens of Omelas have an internal conflict after they see the source of their happiness. They fight with themselves trying to understand the concepts of misery and joy and whether or not to leave Omelas or accept the terrible justice of reality.

Major Conflict


From the middle of page 1 to the end of the story, the narrator is in conflict with the reader trying to convince the reader of the validity of the city of happiness. The narrator pauses after each point is made with the question "Do you believe? Do you accept…," and in the end is forced to tell the reader of what they knew to be true from the beginning, the city of happiness has its share of misery. It may be locked away, but it is ther. It is this unwillingness of the reader to believe in the possibility of perfection that drives the conflict in the story. These people of Omelas are found to be hiding the shame in a basement, hidden from the public eye. They are not perfect and are therefore more credible to the reader. However, the narrator does note that there are those who do not stay with their knowledge of the child, but instead leave, never to return. Is it possible that they are the shameless, that they, in leaving have cut ties with this miserable city to find one that is happy without flaw? Could such a place even exist?

-There is a possibility of no conflict which we discussed, but this seems more likely-