Short Answers of “Once Upon a Time” by Nadine Gordimer

Define short story?

Short story is one genre of literature and in narrative form. Its length is short that can be read in a single sitting. It has usually a single theme and loose plot. It has specific tone and style.

Write a short note on the elements of the short story?

The elements of short story are setting, character, plot, conflict, theme and point of view.

What was given by the old witch to her son and his wife as Christmas gift?

Old witch gave her son and his wife money as Christmas gift for security equipment.

How does Nadine Gordimer remind us of our own insecurities?

Nadine Gordimer remind us that fear is internal not external so, our own insecurities take birth in our mind.

How does Gordimer deal with racial discrimination and prejudice in her story?

Gordimer deals with racial discrimination and prejudices in her story, she writes that only those black people were permitted in the greenbelts were considered honest gardeners and housemaids.

What is the ultimate impact of the advice of the wise old witch in the short story “Once Upon a Time”?

The impact of the advice of the wise old witch is that they feel more insecure and the ultimate end is the death of the boy.

Name any two features of South Africa in Gordimer’s ‘Once Upon a Time’.

Two features of South Africa in Gordimer’s ‘Once Upon a Time’ are ‘society’s insecurities’ and ‘racial discrimination and prejudices’.

What is the most prominent feature to which Nadine Gordimer’s work deals with?

The most prominent feature of Nadine Gordimer’s work deals with “racial discrimination and prejudices, and society’s insecurities”.

Why did the family imprison itself in ‘Once Upon a Time’ by Gordimer?

In Gordimer’s ‘Once Upon a Time’ the family imprisons itself because of fear that they feel insecurities. The family had listened about the riots outside the city.