The Wizard of Oz

Heather Sandoval
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The Wizard of Oz originated as a book called The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by L. Frank Baum and published in 1900. There were several musicals and versions of The Wizard of Oz that were performed before the classic movie that we all know and love. The movie opened nationally on 25 August 1939 starring the very talented and beautiful Judy Garland as Dorothy.

The story begins as Dorothy is in her home as it is picked up by a tornado. After she lands on the Wicked Witch of the East, she is greeted by munchkins who tell her that in order to get home she needs to see the Wizard of Oz in Emerald City and to get there she needs to follow the yellow brick road. On her way to Oz, she makes three new friends.The first is a scarecrow who was made without a brain. Dorothy asks Scarecrow to come with her and to ask the Wizard of Oz for a brain. Next is the Tin Man who was made without a heart. He, too, joins them on their journey to ask for a heart. And last is the Cowardly Lion who is searching for courage.

When they get to the Emerald City, the Wizard of Oz tells them that, in order for him to help, they must bring him the broomstick of The Wicked Witch of the West. When they come back with the broom the Wizard of Oz tells them to go away and come back tomorrow. They then discover that he is just a man behind a curtain. They were mad about the deception but the wizard helps the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Lion see that they really had what they were looking for inside of themselves the whole time.

In the end Dorothy clicks her ruby slippers in order to return home. When she wakes up she finds some of the people closest to her waiting for her to wake up. She then realizes those people were the same people that helped her through her journey.

In the book Unflattening, Nick Sousanis makes reference to some of the scenes from The Wizard of Oz. On page 36 there is reference to a conversation between Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz. "But isn't everything here green?" asked Dorothy. "No more than in any other city." Replied Oz; "but when you wear green spectacles, why of course everything you see looks green to you." Sousanis is trying to show us is that when we are programmed to see something the way someone else wants to see it doesn't leave room for us to use our own imagination and mind to see what it is in our own two eyes.

On page 93, there is another reference to the movie where you see an attic; the same attic Dorothy tried to get into before the tornado took her away to Oz. Sousanis write "Sometimes, failing to get through the door still means being whisked away. Carried off to places beyond expectation. Whatever the mode of transportation imagination offers a different vantage point. From which to set off on a new journey." Dorothy was taken to a world of magical things where she met new people and had a journey with them to find the Wizard who ended up not being who they thought he was. But, in the end, they all received what they were looking for, they just needed to look within themselves.

Suggestions for Further Reading

    If you would like to watch the full movie here is a link:

    "Plot Summary." IMDb., n.d. Web. 08 June 2015.

    "The History of the Wizard of Oz." The Wizard of Oz. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 June 2015.