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ONCE UPON A TIME BY NADINE GODIMERISSUES ON OVER-PROTECTIVE PARENTS
WHAT IS THE RELATIONBETWEEN THE WRITER AND THE STORY? The story was written in 1961 The idea of over-protective parents maybe adapted from the writer’s life herself. For example ; according to her biography, Nadine’s brief illness frightened her mother so severely that she withdrew the child from dance classes and then from school altogether. From then on she was educated at home.
EVIDENCES Fenced swimming pool Not to take anyone off the street Their pet dog was licensed “YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED” plague Insured against fire, flood damage, theft and subscribe to the local neighbourhood House maid was absolutely trustworthy and itinerant gardener who was highly recommended by the neighbour Had electronically controlled gate
Installation of intercom Burglar bars attached to the doors and windows of the house Lined the outside walls with razor-bladed coils Alarm system He brought a little boys tricycle from the garden into the house every night The husband’s mother paid for the extra bricks as her Christmas present to make the wall higher The perfect lawn were hidden behind an array of different varities of security fences, walls and devices It was the ugliest but the almost honest in its suggestion of the pure concentration/style, no frills, all evidence efficacy Consult “DRAGON TEETH-the security company ” for their total security
EXPLANATIONS It can be ralated to the writer’s personal/life background South-African Over-protective parents Home school Maybe the writer herself lived among those kinds of neighbourhood First paragraph/story shows it all She can’t sleep etc. I have no burglar bars, no guns under the pillow but I have the same fears as people who do take this precautions, my window panes are thin as rime could shatter like a wine glass.
The kid in the story has no exposure to the real world same as what had Nadine Gordimer experienced during her childhood. Nadine Gordimer had few friends and no literary life, she found a world of adventure and ideas in reading. Then, she began to write fiction of her own. If he grows up the problem in social interaction, communication issues and relationship with other people may occur. May become someone whose racist Because of the over-protectiveness, the fear develops within himself
CONCLUSION In a nutshell, we need to put ourselves in the writer’s shoes in order to understand the messages that the writer want to deliver. Over-protectiveness