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The Wizard of Oz

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Transcript of The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz
By: Caitlin Condon
Common Motifs
There are many common motifs incorporated into the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, however, one dominant motif is “courage needed for a quest”. All the main characters, in one way or another, are in search of something self-beneficial that can only be granted by the Wizard of Oz. Dorothy’s mission throughout the novel is to make her way back home to Kansas along with her puppy, Toto. The Tin Woodman is longing for a heart, the Scarecrow would like receive his diploma, and the Lion is wishing for self-courage. Together, they feed each other both determination and courage to conquer their quest.
Common Motif
Another significant motif that was employed within this novel is “the battle between good and evil”. Dorothy and her mates must defeat the evil Wicked Witch of the West and capture her broomstick in order for the Wizard of Oz to grant them their wishes. Not only was Dorothy able to steal the witch’s broomstick but she accidentally killed her in the process of doing so by pouring a pot of water over her head which caused her to “melt”. This portrays good against evil because the Wicked Witch of the West is very sadistic and malicious towards Dorothy and her friends during their quest to the Emerald City.
Famous Songs
Two famous songs derived from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz are “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” and “We’re off to see the Wizard, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. These songs are sung in both the book and movie and are still very popular to this day. “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” is sung by Dorothy and her friends as they make their way to Emerald City, as is the song “We’re off to see the Wizard, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz”.
Characteristics
A significant high fantasy characteristic utilized in this novel is the fantasy world that is ambiguous to man. While reading this book, people will often interpret this world of fantasy in many different ways due to the way the author leaves a great amount of room for imagination but provides just the right amount of specification to allow the reader to create a world of their own.
Memorable Characters
There were many memorable characters in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz that without them, the plot would not have been fulfilled. The Cowardly Lion, the Tin Woodman, and Scarecrow all contributed to the novel in a thematic way. The journey to meet the Wizard of Oz in Emerald City was the main focus of the novel, and this journey would have never occurred if it weren’t for these memorable characters. It was necessary for each of them to go to the Emerald City for their own personal reasons
High Fantasy Characters
A dominant “Epic Hero” in the novel of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz would be Dorothy. She is very determined throughout the course of her journey in finding her way back home to Kansas as well as making sure her new friends are successful in being granted their needs. She brings forward many positive attributes to the table for others in their longing for happiness and success. Dorothy is very brave and resilient over the duration of her time spent in Emerald City since she was able to comply with the Wizard of Oz’s commands and melt the Wicked Witch of the West in order to have her and her friend’s wishes become granted.
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