5) The locked, dark cellar represents the dark place represents the dark, hidden place in our hearts, where we lock away all of our secrets, fears, and all the things that would make society look at us as though we were wrong. It is the place within each of us that allows us to function in society and to look as though, outwardly, we are happy. The cellar represents how, in order to function in society, to be happy by societies standards there are things we must push back and hide, even though it may make us suffer. Other things that could be used as symbols are the city itself, which represents the way individuals act while part of society. We all know that we have our own secrets to hide, but while in society we pretend that everything is ok, and that no one is hiding anything. Another symbol could be those who walk away from Omelas. They represent how some people walk away from the ideas and ideals of society and become outcasts, because they do not wish to hide things.
6) This story does criticize our society quite a bit. The story shows that society has pushed everyone to a point, where they can’t really be true to themselves. Everyone must take a part of themselves, which is represented by the child, and hide it away in the darkest part of their heart, which is the room, in order to function in society. People are not able to say what they want, wear or talk any way they want, or act however they feel. There are rules and expectations in society that keep us from being truly free to be ourselves, and yet as a group, most of society seems to be happy and fine with that. This story criticizes that happiness and asks the readers to look deeper into their hearts and see if they are truly happy, or if they are only conforming and pretending.