Once Upon a Time

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Once Upon A Time
Fairytales have certain characteristics to them. They start out with the phrase “Once upon a time…”, they usually have a set range of personas (e.g. the hero, the princess, the king, the witch etc.), and they, also usually, have a happy ending. The story Once Upon A Time is, according to these brief and coarse rules of thumb, is best described as an anti-fairytale, or maybe as a “true” fairytale. The fairytale part of the story starts off by saying, “…a man and his wife… were living happily ever after” (p. 54, ll. 21-23). This is the way you would usually end a fairytale, so by starting off a tale in this fashion, the author gives the reader a feeling of a sequel or the continuation of a fairytale – or maybe the true fairytale. The fairytale that we usually read could be the frosting on the top of the cake, and the story here is the cake itself, the thick and heavy chocolate masses that make for the filling of your stomach after a long three-course meal. The author keeps stating how much the man, the wife, and the son loved each other. He actually writes “love” so many times that it becomes an indifferent verb, a fill-in word if you will. The important materialistic properties that the family possesses are all listed, such as a car, their trailer, the house, and their swimming pool. They even have help in form of a maid and a gardener. It quickly becomes very obvious to the reader that this family lives an above-average life. The story is written in a build-up form in the sense that things escalate at an exponential level. We are informed that they have insurance against the vast majority of scenarios, and that they are part of the neighborhood watch. They are, however, not insured against riots, which happen rather frequently on the outskirts of the inhabited suburb. This implies that…...

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