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    The author builds tension in several ways. She begins by introducing a conflict early in the story. Accordingly, riots have erupted outside the city. The perpetrators of the riots are "people of...

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    Nadine Gordimer's short story "Once Upon a Time" has two distinct story pieces. The first part of the story is about a woman that is asked to write a children's story, but she politely declines....

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    Nadine Gordimer’s short story “Once Upon a Time” was published in 1989—a historical moment in which South Africa operated under Apartheid. During this system of institutionalized racism,...

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    Although Nadine Gordimer was a famous writer-activist from South Africa, she chose to make this particular story "color-blind." Essentially, she chose to omit the race of the family she wrote...

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    The cat becomes a symbol and supports the thematic idea that fear as the real enemy of man. Once the husband and his wife install on their walls the jagged wire with serrated blades [referred to as...

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    The short story "Once Upon a Time" uses the structure of a fairy tale with its setting, narration, tone, terms, and part of the sequence of events. As she introduces her story, Nadine Gordimer...

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    The falling action of a story occurs after the climax and ends in the conclusion. The story "Once Upon a Time" actually contains two stories. First, there is the frame story. This is the beginning...

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    This story was published in 1989, in the waning years of the apartheid in South Africa. The apartheid was a system of racial segregation in South Africa which lasted from 1948 to 1994. During this...

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    At the beginning of the story, Nadine Gordimer gives the frame story. She tells the reader that she has been asked to write a children's story for an anthology. Initially, she does not accept the...

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    A theme is a universal truth about life or mankind that a work of art seeks to convey. A literary work can have many themes. Three themes in Nadine Gordimer's short story are explained below. 1....

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    One inference that can be made from the ending of Gordimer's "Once Upon a Time" is that the parents recognize their mistakes. At the end of the story, Gordimer leaves the family's reactions...

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    In Nadine Gordimer's story "Once upon a Time," the grandmother is surprisingly referred to as "that wise old witch." Nevertheless, the parents believe the grandmother has the entire family's best...

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    Nadine Gordimer weaves many examples of foreshadowing into "Once Upon a Time." The frame story introduces the concept of fear. The idea of the subterranean mining tunnels that rock the narrator's...

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    The boy does not seem to be as fearful of life as his parents are in "Once Upon a Time." In the Gordimer short story, the boy's parents are afraid of the outside world. The family's mistrust of the...

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    The author never explicitly says this story takes place in South Africa. But Gordimer has written about her native South Africa in other works. She also mentions Chopi and Tsonga miners in the...

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    In the beginning of the overall story, Gordimer explains how she's been asked to write a children's story. Initially, she does not want to. Then, she describes waking up to a strange noise. At...

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    First, Gordimer talks about a request that's been made to her to write a children's story. Then she describes waking up to a strange sound. Fearing it might be an intruder, she can not fall asleep....

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    Gordimer begins the story, narrating as herself. This first section is the "frame story." She explains that she's been asked to write a children's story. She is reluctant to do so. She puts the...

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    When we think about the climax of a story, we can think of it in two different ways. First, we can think of it as the turning point where the main character makes a decision and/ or takes an action...

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    Two separate tones are evident in Nadine Gordimer's short story: one for the frame story and one for the bedtime story. In the frame story, readers can discern a tone of nervous resignation that...

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    Parallel structure is the use of matching grammatical structures within parts of a sentence or within neighboring sentences. Parallel structure can also include a repetition of larger elements in a...

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    The cat in "Once upon a Time" plays a significant symbolic role. First, the cat symbolizes bad fortune. Black cats are associated with bad luck, and since Gordimer also includes a "witch" in the...

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    Gordimer doesn't really get to these devices or her "children's story" until she begins to relate the bedtime story. She begins this story in a very general way, and this serves to suggest that...

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    The characters in the story live in a terribly divided community, and so this analysis must take place in two parts: one must examine both the family's relationship with their neighbors and their...

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    The tragedy at the end of the story, the death of the couple's son, is a culmination of their mindset and decisions throughout the story. At a minimum, after installing the Dragon's Teeth fence,...

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    The riots in "Once Upon a Time" represent the outside world that threatens the fairy tale life the family lives. In telling her "bedtime story," Gordimer constructs a tale of a family living the...

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    In Nadine Gordimer's “Once Upon a Time,” fear proves to be the family’s downfall. A family lives in a city in which there is great social unrest—modeled largely on South Africa—and fears...

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    Although Nadine Gordimer did not consider herself to be a particularly political person, she found that the place she lived in required her to be so. During her lifetime the Nationalist Party in...

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    Nadine Gordimer's short story is brimming with symbolism. Here are some of the symbols and what they stand for. The gold mine: In the frame story, the gold mine under the narrator's home that...

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    The cat in "Once Upon a Time" symbolically supports three themes of the story. First, the cat represents the couple's unquenchable fear. For most of the story, the couple keeps making...

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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...

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    Upon finishing reading the story for the first time, readers might have the feeling that the mother-in-law, described as "the wise old witch," is the most forceful character in the story. It was...

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    Looking at the story, it is difficult to argue that the husband and wife were not at least partially responsible for the death of their son. Their fear of "people of another color" leads them to...

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    In the story, the man and his wife have electronically-controlled gates installed and bars attached to the doors and windows of their home in order to prevent intruders from breaking in. After...

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    A plot graph is composed of the following: exposition, rising action, conflict, climax, falling action, and conclusion. It is drawn in the shape of a mountain with the exposition at the bottom...

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    Given the way in which the story is framed by the author, and given the very short length of this story, we can safely infer that many of the objects and perhaps even the people within the fairy...

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    Interestingly, each "improvement" the couple makes to their security works just fine for keeping intruders out, but is ineffective in assuaging their fears. After all, the couple's home is never...

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    In "Once Upon A Time" by Nadine Gordimer, Gordimer intends for the reader to learn that danger has many guises and is likely to be misunderstood, and, in this instance, misinterpreted unless...

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    Nadine Gordimer's short story "Once Upon A Time" reveals the tragedy behind a family's attempts to protect itself from an unknown and unrecognizable threat. In South Africa, historically, it is not...

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    In "Once upon a Time," Nadine Gordimer uses allusions to the bedtime story as a stylistic device that evokes the emotional background present in many children's stories. The frame story begins with...

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    In Once Upon A Time by Nadine Gordimer, Gordimer develops the story of a family which goes to ever-increasing lengths to protect itself from an unknown enemy in the mistaken belief that it is "the...

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    Nadine Gordimer's short story "Once Upon a Time" has a number of tropes and motifs that crop up in Gordimer's other tales including her novel The House Gun. More specifically, Gordimer addresses...

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    In "Once Upon A Time," Nadine Gordimer relates a "bedtime story," which rather than sending the reader to sleep, serves as a warning to families who look for resolutions to problems without really...

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    When Nadine Gordimer wrote "Once upon a Time" in 1989, her home country, South Africa, was in the last-gasp throes of apartheid, a legal and political system of forced segregation that deprived...

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    The story consists of two parts: an introductory frame story and a "bedtime story" the narrator tells herself. In the frame story, the narrator wakes up in the middle of the night because she hears...

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    Gordimer begins her story with a first person narration. While it is unwise to presume that the narrator and the author of a story are the same person, it is implied that they are in the frame...

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    The housemaid is a complex character, for all that she occupies little space within the story. As a housemaid, it is inferred that she is from "outside the city, where people of another color were...

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    Nadine Gordimer uses the narrator's explanation of why her house settles and makes creaking noises even when no intruder is present as a symbol and foreshadowing. Symbolically, the house sitting...

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    The changes to the neighborhood are multitudinous, and grow larger throughout the course of the story. In the beginning, the family is described as follows: They were inscribed in a medical...

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    "Once Upon a Time" begins with the author somewhat irritated by a presumption that she "ought" to write a children's book. That night, she awakens from a sound sleep, disturbed by something...

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