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"Once Upon a Time".

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Zohra Sayani Lit-3 01/12/04 "Once Upon a Time" Everyone's life begins with a "Once upon a time." As children, we grew up without worry or fear of what the next day would bring us. In "Once Upon a Time," Gabriel Okara states, "They would laugh with their hearts and not with their teeth." The father in "Once Upon a Time" explains to his son, how much better life was when he was a child, rather than an adult. The innocence of our childhood that is as pure as sugar and the sweet sensation of going to friends' house and always being welcome are the little pleasures in life we took for granted as children. For we did not know that we too would have to wear a street face, office face, work face, cocktail face, school face, and more. ...read more.


"But believe me, son. | I want to be| what I used to be when I was like you. I want| to unlearn all these muting things. | Most of all I want to relearn| how to laugh." He does not want to be fake and wear those faces that hide lies behind them, he wants to be like the child. Do those faces have to be worn? Could life not be easier if everyone jus spoke their mind and told the truth? Not everyone you encounter will be pleased with you, and the only people that matter should be the ones that care, but will not look at the faults in you, for they love you. When a bitter truth is spoken, it is for your best, not to harm you, then why do people get mad or act as though they accept it? ...read more.


It should not, or at least that's what we've been taught. But, according to the reference the father in "Once Upon a Time" makes to society, no one is being himself or herself. Instead they are hiding behind the faces that they have grown accustomed to, almost forgetting who they really are or want to be. Today, it is such a time period that we can make it on our own and not depend on another. We can make new friends who like us for us and not the faces we wear. Do we, the people of this society want to wear those faces for the rest of our lives, is it really that enjoyable to wear them? I know I am not perfect and I too wear those faces, but it was never brought to my attention until after reading " Once Upon a Time." ...read more.

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