The reference to the story alludes to the story of Sleeping Beauty, where the dragon-teeth barbed wire fencing directly symbolizes and parallels the thorny thicket that the Prince trudges through as well as the actual dragon he faces in the allusion.
Also, the atmosphere of the story is stressing in which there is a continuous stream of pressure and fear we can findcan be found during the two parts of the story as it could be defined as a fearful, gloomy, and stressing atmosphere. Through her works she was seeking to establish the equality in her society and all over the world;, thus, she was rewarded with noble prize in literature in Moreover, Gordimer has written her short story in two parts.
Children, having the imaginations that they do, sometimes like to pretend to be a hero as in the fairy tale. The short story is sectioned within two parts;the first part is dedicated to the first character as being asked to write a short story for children but refuses, then how she comes to tell herself a bedtime story while laying awake unable to sleep.
We couldn't even pick a decent bunch of people to be colonised by. Ultimately and ironically, the protection they install boomerangs back and injures, perhaps kills their son. After another housemaid is tied by burglars, she urges the husband to have window bars and to install alarm system.
While thinking about the ordeal one night, the narrator is awoken by a sound that she believes to be the creaking boards of her house. Gordimer ends "Once Upon a Time" with violence.