What do you learn about Gordimer's political point of view through the story?

What readers learn about Gordimer's political point of view through the story is that she opposes the unjust society created through racism and apartheid. She believes that even the privileged suffer in a society that does not provide justice and equality for all.

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Gordimer was a strong opponent of apartheid, which was ripping apart her country in her lifetime. She vehemently opposed the racial segregation that forced Black people to live in miserable and degrading conditions in South Africa while the white minority population was afforded every privilege with the support of a repressive police state. Gordimer worked with others struggling for an integrated, just, and equal society.

Her story expresses the political view that an unjust society, one that puts almost all of its power and resources in the hands of a few, hurts everyone. She depicts a society where everyone, including the very privileged, are dominated by fear and anxiety. The narrator of the frame story, for example, lives in fear that every creak in the night might mean an intruder has entered her house to kill her.

In the fairy-tale portion of the story, the family lives in fear of the political unrest outside its doors. They might have a nice house and a seemingly perfect life, but the parents feel compelled to try to turn their house into a prison-like fortress, with bars on the windows and razor wire around the walls that separate it from the street.

Gordimer's story illustrates belief that it is a fantasy—a fairy tale—for the privileged to think they can wall themselves off and remain unaffected by an unjust society.

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