Topics: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Fear, Nadine Gordimer Pages: 2 (537 words) Published: March 15, 2013
Ally Harts
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.” This means that most people don’t conquer their fears, but rather let their fears conquer them. It is important for people to accept fate and move on to face and conquer their fears. Fear is a part of everyone’s lives, and fear can exist for any totally diverse reasons. Such as, the fear of death, or something more miniscule such as the fear of heights, or the fear of the dark. These fears, no matter what they are, cannot be escaped, people are forced to accept fate and face their fears. In both “Once Upon a Time” by Nadine Gordimer and “The Last Night of the World” by Ray Bradbury, the characters cannot escape their fears, and they must face them, one way or another. In “Once Upon a Time” by Nadine Gordimer, there is a family who has a fear of the outside world. The family takes every precaution possible to protect their only son, who they loved very much. The story quotes “And he brought the little boy's tricycle from the garden into the house every night, because if the house was surely secure, once locked and with the alarm set, someone might still be able to climb over the wall or the electronically closed gates into the garden.” This shows that even though the family had a superlative security system, and a wall protecting them, they cannot escape their growing fear of the outside world. To make their house even more secure the family upgrades their fence to have “razor blade coils”. One day the young boy was playing outside and got himself entangled into the knifelike fence. When they finally retrieved him from the fence, he was a bleeding mass of the little boy. Although the parents were only trying to protect the young boy, they ended up killing him. If they only would’ve accepted fate and faced their fear of the outside world, their precious son would’ve lived. Nadine Gordimer wrote this distasteful ending to help...
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