How are Nadine Gordimer’s political beliefs  reflected in the story "Once Upon a Time"?

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Nadine Gordimer expresses a strong opposition to the apartheid of South Africa in her short story "Once Upon a Time."  In this story, structured like a fairy tale, Gordimer shows the detrimental effects of apartheid on those at the top of the power structure.  Gordimer's story describes a family living in a community in which they fear the invasion of the "other."  To keep their possessions safe, they and their neighborhoods put up neighborhood signs to discourage intruders with words such as "You have been warned," purchase electronic security systems, build higher fences, and install vise-like contraptions over these fences.  

All these precautions ironically result in a less safe and less...

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