The Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz

Heather Sandoval
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In the The Wizard of Oz, one of my personally favorite characters is the Scarecrow. The Scarecrow meets Dorothy shortly after she begins her journey on the yellow brick road. She is on her way to the Emerald City to ask the great and powerful Oz to help her get home. When they meet the Scarecrow tells Dorothy that he was made without a brain. They he sings a song:

I could wile away the hours
Conferrin' with the flowers
Consultin' with the rain
And my head I'd be scratchin'
While my thoughts were busy hatchin'
If I only had a brain

I'd unravel any riddle
For any individ'le
In trouble or in pain

With the thoughts you'd be thinkin'
You could be another Lincoln
If you only had a brain

Oh, I would tell you why
The ocean's near the shore
I could think of things I never thunk before
And then I'd sit and think some more

I would not be just a nuffin'
My head all full of stuffin'
My heart all full of pain
I would dance and be merry
Life would be a ding-a-derry
If I only had a brain

Once the Scarecrow, along with Dorothy and a couple other friends take their journey to Oz the Scarecrow realizes that all he needed to do was to look into himself and that he had a heart all along.

In Unflattening, Nick Sousanis makes reference to the Scarecrow on page 144. It shows the Scarecrow holding his head and it says "Your thinking is something that must be given to you." Sousanis is referring to the fact that the Scarecrow thought he was made without a brain when all along he had one; not one that had been given to him but one that was inside of himself. Sometimes, we tend to conform to the norm and not use our own brains to come up with our own ideas and concepts. The Scarecrow was looking for his brain to be made by someone else when really it was supposed to be his brain made up with his way of thinking not someone else's.

Another reference to the Scarecrow made on the same page talks about having people who walk alongside you and may help you see some things that you may not on your own. But at the same time, when you take that journey with others, make sure that you also look at things from your perspective. Don't conform to what others think. You have your own mind for a reason so make sure you use it.

Suggestions for Further Reading

    "The Wizard Of Oz - If I Only Had A Brain Lyrics | Song Meanings. Song Meanings. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 June 2015.

Click on image to listen to "If I Only Had a Brain."