The Wizard of Oz is one of the mostimportant cultural films directed by Frank Baum from the twentieth century,that will never get old.
The movie was an immediate hit, and was one of themost famous films of all times. When the Wizard of Oz was released, the movie’spopularity wasn’t much help in meeting universal’s criteria. In the film thereare a variety of interesting scenes like, Dorothy and her friends traveling onan adventure to satisfy their desires. There are also popular songs in themovie like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” that became popular because of themovie.Soon enough they all fall upon theTin Man, who then simulates not to have a heart. Yet he’s the most dramatic character in thecomplete film. The characters, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion lateron, already have what they desire in the world.
Then when the Lion bluffs toattack or threaten them, and Dorothy runs anxiously until the Lion threatensToto. Dorothy is brave when she realizes the others are in danger. Thisindicates a later event in the film, when Dorothy is in trouble, and the Lionshows his true heroism. The lion himself is bold when his friends are introuble. The Wicked Witch in the meanwhile, refers to Dorothy and her friendsas “my beauties.
” She no longer refers to them as “mypretties.” Which pretty is a word used with children, and beautiful is aword that is used to refer to adults. In addition, the four friends seeEmerald City ahead. Emerald City is, well, emerald in color rather than beingbland. Emerald is a shade of green, which is a color that is connected withmoney and greed. It’s also a color that’s linked to new beginnings and springwhen the plants are blooming.
Both of these connections are connected to oneanother. The Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Lion all cry out for help, and when itseems like their all hopeless, Glinda the god comes to save them, causing itsnow and which covers the poppies. The snow exemplifies purity and cleansing,and are cleansed of their impulses and being forgiven, enabling them to move onto Emerald City.Additionally, Frank Baum’s lifecommend the suitableness of a suffragette reading. Baum was an active politicalsupporter of the women’s suffrage movement. His wife also came from a family ofwomen’s rights advocates.
Her mother even wrote a book about the history of thesuffrage movement. It’s possible in Baum’s Oz books that he knowingly dealswith gender leads. Baum’s sequel of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is an obviousridicule of certain parts of the women’s suffrage movement analyzes Oz’s value systemand detail and sees their respect for individual freedom and nonconformity. Butmaybe the most convincing reason to look at feminism in both the book and thefilm is the influence of female characters.Moreover, while both the novel andfilm have a lot of the same significant female characters, the filmmethodically represents a more brutal and biased image of women than Baum doesin the original text. In the novel, Dorothy is illustrated as a very strong,brave, and clever six-year-old. Dorothy is also seen as being very independentin the movie.
During her adventure she meets adults like the Good Witch of theNorth and the Munchkins who cannot assist her, but she continues on herjourney. In the book, it’s Dorothy’s idea to wear the shoes (silver, notruby-red) as she travels because she assumes that they do not run the risk ofbeing worn out. Dorothy is a perfect example of amodel for children to follow. She’s intelligent, friendly, helpful, brave,gravely devoted to her friends and family, and determined in accomplishing hergoals. She doesn’t change suddenly in the course of the journey, and isn’t thecourse of someone who really needs to change but a story of finding herself. Inwhich Dorothy begins to realize her own ability by the end of the journey. In this translation, the Scarecrow, TinWoodman, and Cowardly Lion not only show the friends we need to assist us onour way, but also the potential Baum felt were the most important for theadventurer abilities that Dorothy needs to find within herself.
Furthermore, Judy Garland’sdescription of Dorothy is quite more helpless than Baum’s character. In the film,Dorothy is being held captive by the Wicked Witch of the West. She wasn’t ableto do anything on her own until her masculine friends, the Scarecrow, Lion, andTin Woodman come to rescue her while she cries. When Dorothy defeats the witch,it’s due to her accidentally drowning her with water while attempting to splashthe Scarecrow. The book depicts a more stable and practical conqueror. Baum hasthe Scarecrow involuntarily dispersed across the land, the Tin Woodman hurriedto the base of a jagged ditch, and the Lion involuntarily channeled in hercourtyard.
Dorothy conceives her own escape by intentionally dashing water onthe witch. Although Dorothy didn’t know this would kill the witch, hersucceeding actions display her as being a brave heroine. Then Moore helps todescribe Dorothy’s actions.Following this further, in a hassleover Dorothy’s magic shoes, that the wicked sorceress knows productive Dorothydoes not want anything to happen to, and water is squandered over the girl’snemesis, who is at the time also the person that captured her. The witch thendissolves away in front of her. But self-reliant Dorothy is not the person towaste time on pointless excitement. The Witch then falls down in a brown,melted, formless pile and starts to distribute over the clean panels of thekitchen floor.
Realizing that she really melted away to scratch, Dorothy threwanother bucket of water over the mess and she swept it out the door. Afterchoosing the silver shoe, which was the only thing that was left of the oldwoman, she sanitized and dried it with a cloth then put it back on her feet.However, the three remaining femalemain characters all paint an anti-feminist picture.
Dorothy, as discussed, is aweakened heroine who sacrifices her dreams and battles for domestic life. TheWicked Witch of the West is the only female character who is powerful in themovie and in the real world of Kansas. Ironically, she is portrayed as thestereotypical strong woman: unnatural and evil. Glinda, the one good witch, isthe only major character who does not represent an actual person from Kansas.The implication is that women who are powerful and good are imaginary; they donot exist in reality.Finally, the film’s eradication ofimportant female characters from in the book devalues the involvements of womenin Oz.
In the book, there are originally four witches of which two are good andtwo are bad. The movie consolidates the characters of the two good witches intoone good witch, which is Glinda. In the book, there is a queen of the mice whoplays an important role in assisting the travelers accomplish their goals, andis completely absent from the film. Next, there is a female stork who rescuesthe Scarecrow from a river. He argues that the stork symbolizes Baum’s supportof the women’s suffrage movement. Though the expulsion of these importantfemale characters defensibly gives the film the needed direction that itneeded. It hardly limits the number of major female characters, while shiftingthe balance of power towards the men in the film.