4 October 2011
“I have no burglar bars, no gun under the pillow, but I have the same fears as people who do take these precautions, and my windowpanes are thin as rime, could shatter like a wineglass” (302). Do you feel your home is unsafe? Did you ever wish someone was there with you on those dark lonely nights? Have you ever sung songs, prayed or even made up a fairy tale or two to make the time go by? Well Nadine Gordimer came up with her own short story to pass the time. In “Once Upon a Time”, by Nadine Gordimer there are various elements of a text of how they come together to create work of art.
The first way is through form. “Form is the whole that is produced by various structural elements working together. Form grows out of the work’s recurrences, repetitions, relationships, motifs—all the organizational devices that create the total effect” (41). In “Once Upon a Time” there are several recurrences of phases. For instance, Gordimer states, “YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED” (303). This recurs throughout the short story. In addition, the phrases, "take heed," and "living happily ever after" are repeated several times throughout the story. Consequently, this simplistic language is often seen in fairy tales since it makes them easy to comprehend. The simple language is there to illustrate and to create a feeling of a fairy tale. On the other hand, the relationship between the husband and the wife is a very loving one. The husband tries to provide security. He does whatever is necessary to keep his wife and little boy secure. For instance, “…there was nothing to fear, the husband told the wife. Yet she was afraid…But to please her—for he loved her very much…he had electronically controlled gates fitted” (303). The relationship is the husband always trying to please his fearful wife. Their fear is that the ‘people of another color’, who are not permitted into the suburbs except as servants, will rise up and threaten...