This study guide will help you analyze the text “Once upon a Time” by Nadine Gordimer. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on the summary, structure, characters, setting, narrator and point of view, language, theme and message.
Presentation of the text
Title: “Once upon a Time”
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Date of Publication: 1989
Genre: Short Story
Nadine Gordimer (1923-2014) was a South African writer of novels and short stories, who received the Nobel Prize in literature in 1991. The author was a strong anti-apartheid activist and many of her literary works focus on social issues related to apartheid (a discriminatory segregation system between whites and blacks) in South Africa.
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