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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Transcript of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Inferences
In the novel, I could infer that Dorothy was home sick and was wishing to go home. Throughout the book she always had getting home on her mind. When she found out that Oz had left for Kansas without her, she was very disapointed and started weeping. Also, I could tell that the Cowardly Lion had had courage the whole time, he just didn't know it himself. Many times he showed bravery by protecting Dorothy from the Monkeys and when she was poisoned from the flowers, he stepped up and helped. The Cowardly Lion also showed his courage when the companions came across the ditch and had to jump across it to continue on to the Emerald City. He carried eachacross the ditch safely. This shows that the Cowardly Lion dooesn't need Oz to give him courage; he already has it.
Book vs. Movie
In the book, the most significant difference is the cyclone actually takes the house away and transports Dorothy and Toto to the land of Oz. Dorothy doesn't hit her head and have a dream like in the movie. In the movie this changes the the whole complexion of the resolution. That whole plot element changes in the movie because of the dream. Also, another big difference is that the Wicked Witch of the West is simply just an obstacle to overcome as opposed to the centerpiece of the movie. Because of that difference, the comrads do not have the Wicked Witch on their back the whole time which changes the conflict, as well as the rising action and climax.
By: L. Frank Baum
Summary
Dorothy lived with her aunt and uncle, Aunt Em and Uncle Henry on the desolated Kansas prarie. One day, a cyclone swept across the prairie and picked up Dorothy and her dog, Toto. When they landed in Oz, they were greeted by the munchkins. The Witch of the North informed Dorothy that she her house landed on the Wicked witch of the West, freeing all the munchkins from her command. Dorothy then wishing to return home asked the Witch of the North how she and Toto could return to Kansas. She said the only way was to ask Oz in the Emerald City. All she had to do was follow the yellow brick road. While on her way to the Emerald city, Dorothy picked up three comrads, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion. As they traveled to the Emerald City, the Wicked Witch of the East was trying to destroy them and keep the comrads as prisoners. Once the group reached the Emerald City, Oz told the three that they will get what they have came for once they have destroyed the Wicked Witch of the East.
Theme
In
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,
the theme is that home is the most satisfying place to be. In the novel, when Dorothy has destroyed the Wicked Witch of the West and East, Oz offered her to be the queen of this land of Oz, but she says 'no' that she wants to go back home to Kansas and live with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. This shows that there is no place like home and that home is always the best place to be. Also, when the flying monkeys tell her that they cannot take her back to Kansas because no flying monkey have ever been there, she weeps. This shows that she really misses her home and she is very homesick.
How Elements Interact
The setting of
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
greatly impacts the characterization of Dorothy. Because of being trapped in Oz, she does not know of a way that she will be able to return to Kansas. She then develops feelings of depression and home sickness. All she wishes to do is go home and live with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. The setting also affeccts the characterization of the Scarecrow. Because the Scarecrow taggs along with Dorothy and Toto, when Oz leaves to go back to Omaha, he is the one that Oz decides to be leader of the Emerald city when he is gone. If he were not there, the Emerald City wouldn't be the same without the Scarecrow in command.
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