In Nadine Girder’s short story of “Once Upon a time”, she creates a frame narrative that she is involved in which is complained by a children’s story that she’s had no interest in writing. The theme supports a message stating that humans can become their own self destruction. Living happily ever after means good comes to those who’ve worked hard and have earned it, but this story is followed by a twist and “YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED” (Groggier, 190) is repeated many times throughout the story which soon follows by a tragic ending.
Living happily ever after is followed by happy endings, and a satisfied outcome. Although children’s stories did not interest Groggier, one night she told herself a fairy tale to sooth her paranoia after hearing an unfamiliar noise in her house. The tone in this story explains how situations for the family became more challenging when it was time to purchase much higher qualified security. The conflict they had to face with living in a nice part of the city, was dealing with thieves breaking into the most expensive homes which theirs happened to reside.
The family was very oriented with each other, and are for their safety and well beings was most important. They lived in the suburbs, a man, his wife, their son and a dog. With very fortunate living, the family was able to afford anything that was going to keep the family safe. There were many riots and houses were being broken into which alarmed the family and made them take certain safety precautions. ‘ ‘There were riots, but these were outside the city, where people of another color were quartered.
These people were not allowed into the suburb except as reliable housemaids and gardeners, so there was nothing to fear, the husband told he wife. Yet she was afraid that someday such people might come up the street and tear off the plaque YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED and open the gates and stream in… ” (Groggier, 1 90) The mood in the story changes every time the family has to buy something new to protect and isolate their family from the outside corrupt world. There is a such thing as being over protective and the parents show throughout their tone in the story.
The parents couldn’t help but to remember their warning about not taking anyone off the streets and bringing them to their home. This part of the story creates a conflict cause as much help around the house they needed, unfortunately they couldn’t accept it from anyone. “Some begged, waiting for the man of his wife to drive the car out of the electronically operated gates. They sat about with their feet in the gutters, under the jacaranda trees that made a green tunnel Of the 192) Not only did it trap the family from the outside world, but also did not allow them to give anyone a chance because of the curse that was spelled on them.
One day the parents had men stretch out a wired coiled gate for higher security knowing no one would jump the fence. The mom read the little boy a story the night before that the old witch had gave to him. Trying to imitate the story, the little boy approaches the newest fence with ideas of imitating the story and getting past the coils. He dragged a ladder to the wall, the shining coiled tunnel was just wide enough for his little body to creep in, and with the first fixing of its razor-teeth in his knees and hands and head he screamed and struggled deeper into its tangle. (Groggier, 193) Tragedy hits as soon as the housemaid and gardener rush to help the little boy. Tearing his body to shreds, the parents now finally realized that there is a such thing as being over protective. Certain precautions were overlooked and now the son was dead. The tone supports the mood of the story and tragedy soon hits when it could have easily been avoided. The frame narrative explains that the story was not going to be happily ever after. Work(s) Cited Groggier, Nadine. “Once upon a Time. ” Prince’s Story and Structure: An Introduction to Fiction. 13th De. De. Thomas R. Arp and Greg Johnson. Boston: headwords, 2012. 189-194.