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Wizard of Oz

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Welcome to Oz! Written by L. Frank Baum

Presentation by: Erin Haley, Jamie Jaquay,
Jamie Randall, and Jaclyn Williams Dorothy is a young orphan being raised by her aunt and uncle on a rural Kansas farm. When a tornado hits the land Dorothy, her dog Toto, and the entire house gets swept into a magical land of Munchkin Country, and impact of their landing kills the Wicked Witch of the East. Dorothy is now seen as a hero, and the Good Witch of the North gives her the magical silver shoes of the now deceased Wicked Witch and directs Dorothy to follow the Yellow Brick Road towards the Emerald City, where the Wizard of Oz may be able to help her return home. The Good Witch kisses Dorothy’s forehead, giving her protection, and Dorothy sets off.
Along the way she meets a Scarecrow who wants a brain, the Tin Woodman, searching for a heart, and the Cowardly Lion, desperate for courage. The little group continues on their way, with hopes that the Wizard can fulfill their needs. The group works together to overcome obstacles such as a crossing a raging river or the Deadly Poppies that make them fall into a deep sleep.
When they finally arrive at Emerald City, they each meet individually with the Wizard, who appears to them in different forms that have meaning to each of them. The Wizard says he will help them, but they must kill the Wicked Witch of the West. The witch sees them coming and tries unsuccessfully several times to kill them, until her winged monkeys finally capture them and bring them to her castle. After sometime in captivity, Dorothy manages to kill the witch by throwing water on her, causing the witch to melt. The Tin Woodman is loved by her people, and is asked to be their leader, which he promises to do so after helping Dorothy return home
.The group returns to the Wizard, and Toto tips over a screen, revealing that the Wizard is a mere mortal who wishes to return home as well but has been stranded in Oz for quite some time. He provides the Scarecrow with a “brain” made of bran, pins, and needles. He provides the Tin Woodman with a silk “heart” made of sawdust, and gives the Lion a potion of “courage.” Although the items provided are not real, their faith in the Wizard gives them the strength to pursue their newfound desires.The Wizard creates an air balloon, appoints the Scarecrow to rule in his place, and is ready to fly away with Dorothy when the ropes break and Dorothy does not make it to the balloon in time.
Dorothy is told the Good Witch of the South, Glinda, may be able to help, so she journeys there, narrowly escaping through the forest, where the Lion is asked to return to rule once Dorothy is home. When they finally reach Glinda, she informs Dorothy that she has had the power to return home all along, using the magical silver shoes. She says goodbye to her friends, who are to return to rule their new kingdoms. She knocks her heels together three times, wishing to return home. When she wakes up, she finds herself in Kansas with Toto and she is once again with her family. Synopsis There's no place like home Themes About The Author Works Cited:


McKinney, K. (2012). "The Wonderful Wizard of
Oz": A children's classic lives on through many editions and sequels. Retrieved from http://www.utexas.edu/opa/blogs/culturalcompass/2012/05/17/the-wonderful-wizard-of-oz-a-childrens-classic-lives-on-though-many-editions-and-sequels/

Miller, J. (2006). The yellow brick road of
overinterpretation. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved from http://online.wsj.com/article/SB114729872294849429.html Literary Significance Ever since its publication, the tale has been immensely popular translating into 3 movies, a musical comedy and a number of plays. Friendship Believing in yourself Good vs. evil Throughout all of her experiences during her journey, Dorothy longs to be back in Kansas. When scarecrow tells her that he does not understand how she could want to go back to dry, gray Kansas when she is in such a beautiful country she responds that “No matter how dreary and gray 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." The battle of good versus evil is embodied in the the characters of the witches Dorothy encounters as well as Dorothy herself. The wicked witch of the west stands for evil, while Glinda and Dorothy stand for good. As the events of the story unfold, good prevails over evil as seen by the death of the wicked witch. The Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Lion are all in search of things that they later find they have possessed all along. The wizard shows them that all they need to do is believe in themselves and they will find that what they think they are missing is already there. Strong friendships develop between Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Lion as they journey to the Land of Oz. They quickly realize that they must depend upon one another to reach their goals. When Dorothy needs to make her final journey to Glinda, all three of her companions join her even though the wizard has already granted their wishes. The four friends stay by each others' sides until the very end. Later Life and Work
o 1905-Baum Declared Plans for an Oz Amusement Park but Soon After Abandoned These Plans
o Often Financed Elaborate Musicals--Which Were a Financial Detriment to Him
o 1908-Baum was in a Financially Unstable Position and Transferred all of his Belongings into Maud’s Name Except for his Clothing, his Library and his Typewriter
o 1914- Moved to Hollywood and started his own film production company “The Oz Film Manufacturing Company”
o May 5, 1919-Baum suffered from a stroke and died quietly the next day, nine days before his 63rd birthday
o Buried- Glendale’s Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery History as a Writer

o His father gave him a cheap printing press as a result of his fascination with the printing press at an early age
o Age 17- Wrote The Rose Lawn Home Journal, The Stamp Collector and Baum’s Complete Stamp Dealers’ Directory
o Age 20- Began Breeding Poultry and writing The Poultry Record
o Age 30-First Book Published- “The Book of the Hamburgs: A Brief Treatise upon the Mating, Rearing, and Management of the Different Varieties of Hamburgs”
o Wrote Multiple Newspapers and Newspaper Articles-The Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer, The Evening Post
o 1900-Published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz then followed this award winning children’s book with 13 additional novels
o Wrote multiple Stage Versions of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
o 1901- Published “Dot and Tot of Merryland”- One of Baum’s Weakest Works
o Wrote other works of fantasy fiction after finishing the “Oz series”

Childhood and Early Life
o Birth Date: May 15,1856
o Birth Place: Chittenango, New York
Father: Benjamin Ward Baum- Wealthy Businessman And Barrel Maker
o Mother: Cynthia Ann
o Religion: Methodist
o Ancestry: German, Scots-Irish, English
o Siblings: Born 7th of 9 Children (Only 5 Made
It To Adulthood)
o Education: Was Educated at Home Due to a
Congenital Heart Condition
o Childhood Dream: Become an Author
o Wife: Maud Gage (Cornell Student)
o Married On: November 9, 1882
o Number of Children: 4
Jobs Held: Salesmen, Author, Buyer MGM 1939 Technicolor film version of The Wizard of Oz

The Oz book series by Baum (13 additional tales)

Novel - Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

Wicked the musical The book has had a strong and significant cultural influence. “There’s no place like home!”

Because of its many adaptations and references, Baum’s tale is a pop cultural staple.

The Wizard of Oz was a book with incredible illustrations, using many color prints not standard for the early 1900s

Was a success from the beginning and was the best selling children’s book of 1900 (McKinney, 2012) Baum’s original introduction stated the book was “solely to please children” – which he succeeded in because the book has been a childhood favorite for over a century. Baum himself once said, "To write fairy stories for children, to amuse them, to divert restless children, sick children, to keep them out of mischief on rainy days, seems of greater importance than to write grown-up novels." (Miller, 2006) The book has proven to be a key piece of American entertainment. The Wizard of Oz has had a worldwide impact as it is published in every major language to be enjoyed by children all over the world. The original book continues to be a classic in children’s literature considering it is “remarkably brisk and readable, especially for its age” (Miller, 2006) “Oz went on to become one of the great place names in the fantasy culture of childhood, the predecessor and equal of Never-Never Land, Narnia and Hogwarts.” (Miller, 2006)
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