scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 793
Once Upon a Time by Nadine Gordimer is a modern fairy tale It tells the story of a once happy family living in an affluent suburb of South Africa who move emotionally from contentment to fear as they protect and isolate themselves from the rest of the population who are the disadvantaged and poor people of another color Gradually they add more protection to their home as their fear grows Ultimately and ironically the protection they install boomerangs back and injures perhaps kills their son Although the story has several obvious fairy tale elements a once upon a time beginning a happy family of good law-abiding people who license their dog insure against fire flood and damage and a wise old witch the author employs several other fairy tale devices in the story First there is the use of simple repetitive language like that in a fairy tale in a house in a suburb in a city there was a man and his wife who loved each other very much and were living happily ever after They had a little boy and they loved him very much They had a cat and a dog Phrases such as trusted housemaid you are right said the wife and itinerant gardener are repeated many times In addition to simple repetitive language flowery descriptive language used to embellish a story is employed in fairy tales There are numerous examples of this a deeper and sharper hooking and tearing of flesh twelve inch pikes fanned like zigzags of lightning the sunlight flashed and slashed off the serrations the cornice of razor thorns encircled the home shining and under the jacaranda trees that made a green tunnel of the street As the family progresses to feel more and more under siege they build higher and higher walls around their castle removing themselves from society and from participating in or generating a possible solution to the social and economic imbalance that
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA