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The Wizard Of Oz: Archetypes

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Hayley Hardison

on 8 September 2013

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Transcript of The Wizard Of Oz: Archetypes

Journey To Oz
design by Dóri Sirály for Prezi
Mentor/Teacher/Fairy Godmother: Glinda the Good Witch
Glinda the Good Witch presents herself as Dorothy's source of guidance after she directs her to ask Oz how to get home by following the yellow brick road.
The Villain: The Wicked Witch of the West
The Wicked Witch of the West sees Dorothy as the reason for her sister, The Wicked Witch of the East's death and sees her as an ultimate threat. She therefore makes it her mission to get rid of Dorothy and she wants her red ruby slippers in order to obtain their power.
By: Hayley Hardison (2X)
The Wizard Of Oz: Archetypes
1) Explorer/Wanderer:
Dorothy's character flees her home trying keep Toto, her dog, safe from evil (in this case, Miss Gulch). She is a variety of archetypes ranging from the protagonist to the innocent. The story is told through her perspective and her character is a symbol of virginity and purity throughout a journey filled with newly introduced ideas of the world such as evil, wrongdoings, and dishonesty.
Ms. Gulch is a source of corrupt power and everyone in Dorothy's family hates her - especially when she takes Toto. There are many similarities between her and a witch (think her face, clothes, and evilness).
Archnemesis: Ms. Gulch
Although the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow all desire different things from the Wizard, Dorothy only wishes to return to her home. After being deciieved by the "Wizard" the plot slowly turns into a coming of age story into the corruption of the "real world".
Quest for security/self
Parental Conflicts and Relationship
Dorothy, an orphan, initially feels as though her Aunt and Uncle neglect her and she wishes she could travel "over the rainbow" to a place where she could be happy.
The Color Yellow: The Yellow Brick Road
The Yellow Brick Road serves a purpose of standing out and being hard to miss. However, not many people realize the meaning of yellow relates to concepts like enlightenment, hope, and more importantly, to the sun. According to Writersense, certain sects of Buddhist monks only wear yellow to represent their enlightenment. It's safe to say Dorothy was enlightened throughout the story because of her long journey to deception.
The Scholar: The Scarecrow
The idea that the Scarecrow's only wish from Oz is to have a brain symbolizes his deisre to learn and how learning is the most important feature of life in his eyes.
The Coward : The Cowardly Lion
The word "coward" is literally in his name and he only wishes for courage.
The Masquerader: The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz serves a bigger purpose in the story than the idea that he's just a big jerk. He is the reason the whole story can be interpreted as a coming-of-age tale - he provides Dorothy with her first instance of dishonesty comparing it to the world beyond her small farm-home. She then realizes that the power to get home is in her shoes, symbolizing how she has power in just being human and being her own person.
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