Theme is usually an important part of any short story

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Theme is usually an important part of any short story. In Margaret Atwood’s short story “There was Once” the sole purpose of the short story seems to be circulating around the theme. Margaret Atwood is a bit sadistic, but in an ingenious way. The theme in this short story is simple; it is about how political correctness and having everything down to fact can ruin stories. . Even though the theme is simple, the way Margaret Atwood presents it is creative and clever. Within the story Margaret Atwood talks to herself. She starts off the story with the quote “There was once a poor girl, as beautiful as she was good, who lived with her wicked stepmother in a house in the forest.” This is how Margaret Atwood wants to start off the story, but she is revising in her head and showing that process to the audience by replying with “Forest? Forest is passé, I mean, I’ve had it with all this wilderness stuff. It’s not the right image of our society, today. Let’s have some urban for a change.” It is shown how humorous Margaret Atwood can be. She uses the idea of political correctness and clichés to show her humor, and prove a point. Even with these first few lines she is showing how just a little bit of political interference can
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