An omniscient narrator tells the story in simple language. It begins on a Kansas farm where Dorothy, an orphan, lives in a one-room house with her grim, hardworking uncle and aunt. A tornado appears and Dorothy, her uncle, and aunt run for a cellar under the house.
SiarlysJenkins November 5, I would have to say that this analogy is way off base. They are nothing of the sort. Accordingly, Dorothy's self-reliance is in contrast to expecting other fallible humans to fix things for her, none of whom remotely resemble God.
It has nothing to do with "I can do it all without God. But then, Tolkien's Lord of the Rings is likewise agnostic, since there is not the slightest trace of religion, or worship, at least among the good guys.
If you get into the Silmarillion, there is a pathetically obvious parallel to the non-Biblical rebellion of a leading angel against a creator, creation of a world that had been only an idea, etc. But in the life of the characters who populate Middle Earth, there is nothing but vague wizardry and the power of their own swords.
So, let's leave the Wizard of Oz alone. Its a fun story, its entertaining, and the moral lessons, if any, aren't too bad. Kevinbobo November 5, I believe that the Wizard of Oz is a good story, but it is only a story.
The Gospel is the truth. We need to look to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. I have a little bit different take on it. I think, far from being a paean to humanism, it is a powerful depression era parable dealing with morality, ethics and politics.
I believe it struck a nerve because for so many people, an economic tornado had come into their lives as well. People were deep into the great depression and the question was, who was going to save them? The lesson of the s was that there is no free lunch, one needed self-reliance, hard work and pulling oneself up by ones own boot straps.
However, I do not believe the film is lacking in divine grace. Every main character in this film seems to have an alter ego rooted in real life except Glinda the good witch. In fact she transcends both worlds. To advocate humanism would seem to be alien to the spirit of the times.
It is subtly anti-socialist, suspicious of government and sarcastic about higher education. She will face many obstacles and accomplish many great deeds. The film was released the same year that world war 2 started. Europe and the far east was swirling with isms, ideologies and dictators including Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and Tojo.
The unease with new ideologies and European ideas is palpable. The Wizard of Kansas has just returned from a tour of Europe. The munchkins seem to represent nature held captive by evil. They are not human and at first appear as flowers. Glinda appears and reveals the path Dorothy must follow, a narrow gold road that she is not to depart from.
The Munchkins nature reveal the path and Glinda the divine reveals the path. Glinda is constantly behind the scenes, invisibly protecting the small band. Dorothy is tempted to venture off the path by intoxicating poppies, but Glinda controls the weather and produces a cold bracing snow which returns them to reason.
The Futurists admired speed, technology, youth and violence, the car, the airplane and the industrial city, all that represented the technological triumph of humanity over nature.
This is a hyper organized, utopian, secular New Jerusalem ruled by a dictator. The head of the Wizard looks remarkably like Lenin. The flying monkeys seem a racist precursor to the war propaganda images of the far east.Swartz, Mark Evans, Oz before the Rainbow: L.
Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" on Stage and Screen to , Johns Hopkins Press, Swartz reviews the many stage and film adaptations of Baum's novel, up to the classic musical produced by MGM. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Homework Help Questions How does The Wonderful Wizard of Oz end? The book version of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," which was written by L.
Frank Baum, ends in very much the same way that the movie starring Judy Garland ends. Wizard of Oz The First Five Novels - Oz, the Great Wizard! The very name of L. Frank Baum's magical character conjures a world where diminutive munchkins live and work, wicked witches run riot, and the mighty Oz himself rules over an Eme - Classics - Afghanistan.
The book on which the movie is based, L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, however, is not only a child's tale but also a sophisticated commentary on the political and economic debates of the Populist Era.
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Hey, you never know! Therefore, the Oz tale is best viewed as a symbolic and satirical representation of the Populist movement and the politics of the age, as well as a children's story. Quite simply, Oz operates on two levels, one literal and puerile, the other symbolic and political.