Once Upon a Time

How is structure of this story similar to a fairy tale? What elements do they share?


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The author of Once Upon a Time uses a variety of fairy tale elements in the novel. Her use of simple language, morality tale, and the conflict of good -vs- evil are each examples of fairy tale elements. Gordimer also recreates the tale of Sleeping Beauty. One difference between the two would be Gordimer's decision to play the tale backwards.