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Copy of Wizard of Oz : Disability Studies

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Wizard of Oz : Disability Studies
Wizard of Oz Background Information
The scarecrow tells Dorothy “I cannot understand why you should wish to leave this beautiful country and go back to the dry, grey place you call Kansas (Baum 33)."

Dorothy replies:
“That is because you have no brains… No matter how dreary our homes and grey our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home (Baum 33).”

Discussion Question(s)
Dorothy Meets Munchkins
-Think of in terms of a broader sense that can relate to The Wizard of Oz.

With abnormality and disability in mind from the characters of The Wizard of Oz, do you think individuals in our society are treated differently with abnormality or disability? What do you guys think of this treatment?

Is lacking a particular trait or physical characteristic considered “abnormal’? Why are we defined by these physical traits and characteristics? Such as mental illness or physical impairment.

Why do individuals with physical and mental disabilities try to “integrate” back to the “standard of normality” (having no physical and mental disabilities) by making up for these deficiencies? Why? Shame? Fear of being different? (like the lion, the scarecrow and the tin man)

Of Disabilities:
The Wizard of Oz

Published on May 17, 1900
written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W. W. Denslow
Film produced in 1939 by Mervyn LeRoy

A tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. The only way to get back home to Kansas is to see the Wizard of Oz. They follow a Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard of Oz and en route they meet a Scarecrow that needs a brain, a Tin Man missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage. The Wizard asks the group to bring him the broom
of the Wicked Witch of the West to earn his help.

What does this say or depict about people who actually suffer from dwarfism? Or our standards of normality?
Works Cited

Billman, Carol. "'I've Seen The Movie' Oz Revisited." Literature Film Quarterly 9.4 (1981): 241. Academic Search Premier. Web. 30 Mar. 2015.

Parker, Robert. How To Interpret Literature: Crictical Theory for Literary and Cultural Studies. 3rd Edition New York: Oxford University Press, n.d. Thurs. 28 Feb. 2015

Madriaga, Manuel, Katie Hanson, Helen Kay, and Ann Walker. Marking-out Normalcy and Disability in Higher Education. British Journal of Sociology of Education 32.6 (2011): 901-20. Taylor & Francis, LTD. Web. 30 Mar. 15.

people with disabilities are different from fully human people; limited in everything they do
some are considered supercrips
people with disabilities life a life full of burden and sorrow
they are sick and need to be cured
disabled people are a menace to society
they are considered inspirational
we need to pity them
The characters are of "lower class" or are unequal
The characters are unable to fully function because of their "disability"
The lion is sad and says life is unbearable
Dorothy encourages her new friends to ask the wizard for help
Dorothy brings her new friends along to meet the wizard as if it was pity
Examples of Stereotypes
Medical Model
-Society views individuals in terms of their disability (the 3 characters)

-Characters are defined in terms of their missing character or physical trait.

-Characters want to be "cured"
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