Analysis Of The Wizard Of Oz

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Kathryn WallLiterature and FilmThe Wizard of Oz, A Child's Tale of Growing UpAs a child the first viewing of The Wizard of Oz is almost a rite of passage. The techno colored fantasy is a favorite movie for as long as any one movie can hold a small child's attention, and then is lost in the shuffle. It later becomes one of those movies that everyone has seen, and reveres as nothing more than a childhood memory. However, there is more to the movie than a youngster can grasp and most people don't take the time to recognize the undertone of the glitzy tale. I can't now help but recognize the irony of the fact that this story about growing up will never, in peoples minds, be considered a grown up film. However, that is exactly the story that is told, of a young girl experiencing a small dose of the trials that inevitably come with adulthood.At the start of the movie we find a girl clad in an apron dress and pigtails, who spends her days playing with her dog. Though the film is currently in black and white, she is somehow quite colorful despite. All of the classic elements of childhood are presented. A complete lack of any sense of responsibility, and a young, untroubled face. However, this face is not nearly as young as one would imagine. In fact, Dorothy, though girlish and un-jaded, looks as though to be a little to old for her childish lifestyle. This is exemplified even greater by the appearance of her Aunt Em whose face, in complete opposition to Dorothy's, is full of lines and experience, and lives up to her drab black and white persona. All of these elements add up to present the point that Dorothy is quite naive and immature, but also through the exaggerated presence of this idea the mature viewer is aware that this naivete is something that will be resolved by the tales end. That resolution will lie in the journey, and the viewer is left wondering how.Suddenly, through course of a storm, Dorothy's house is dropped square in the middle of Oz, which is presented as a child's imagination come to life. The film is thrust suddenly from black and white to a multitude of vibrant colors. Upon first inspection Oz seems like the simplest place in the world, with happy-go-lucky munchkin's dancing through the streets, but when Dorothy receives the ruby slippers her troubles begin. The Wicked Which of The East begins pursuing her on her journey to the emerald city where she hopes she will find out how she can get home. Dorothy is faced with much responsibility by being the holder of the coveted slippers. She is constantly putting the friends she makes along the way in jeopardy through the witch's relentlessness to obtain the shoe.When Dorothy finally does reach the Emerald City she is initially turned away. She exerts some persistence, however, and is permitted to enter the cities gates....

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