Illustrating & Describing A Problem

Once Upon a Time


Does anyone know, from social studies class or somewhere else, anything about apartheid or Nelson Mandela?

Your homework is to read and annotate “Once Upon a Time” by Nadine Gordimer. This story deals with the really horrible political situation that existed in South Africa just a few years ago.

As you read and annotate, consider these questions.

  • What makes this satire?
  • What makes it Juvenalian satire?
  • What connections can you draw between “Once Upon a Time” and current events?