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The Wizard Of Oz Essay

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The Wizard of Oz film came out in 1939, 39 years after the novel it was based off of, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The children’s novel was written by L. Frank Baum and became such a great success, he wrote thirteen more Oz books. It also sparked a Broadway musical. The movie is seen as a timeless classic. It had a duration of fourteen different writers and five different directors.The Wizard of Oz is a musical fantasy film about a girl named Dorothy who lives in dull, colorless Kansas. She lives with her aunt, uncle, and interacts everyday with the farmhands. Ms. Gulch, Dorothy’s nasty neighbor comes to take Toto because he had bit her and she got a warrant to seize the dog. Dorothy runs ...view middle of the document...

Eventually, they come to Oz, where the Wizard tells them that if they bring him the West Witch’s broomstick, he’ll grant their wishes. The four go to the West Witches castle, where after some conflict, they destroy the witch and take her broom. They get back to the Wizard, where he is revealed to be human like Dorothy, and he tells them they all had what they wanted all along. Then he offers Dorothy a hot air balloon ride back home but he accidentally leaves her behind. Glinda tells Dorothy that clicking her heels three times will take her home. Dorothy wakes up surrounded by her family and friends, only to recognize them as characters in her dream. There’s no place like home.During The Great Depression, The Wizard of Oz was noted for bringing happiness to the depressed people of America. It didn’t do that well in theaters considering how broke everyone was but once it began playing on television, it began getting very high view ratings, fantastic reviews, and an overall positive reputation. The film made three million dollars, which was only three hundred thousand more than the movies budget, however it was still a record breaker for the production company. The movie was even said to have been specifically tailored for the people living during The Great Depression. Some examples of this would include Ms. Gulch, the nasty neighbor and Wicked Witch of the West, who is said to “own half the county”. This is supposedly representation of how some people were going out of work and taking dramatic loses because people in the upper class were greedy. The song “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” has lyrics describing that things will get better soon enough. People in The Great Depression needed to believe that they’d be okay eventually. Dorothy’s journey to see the Wizard shows that she went through great lengths to get what she wanted. This could’ve been shown as an example to the American people that things may be rough but if they try hard, they can achieve their goals even when the circumstances are rough. The Scarecrow wanting a heart, the Tinman wanting a brain, and the Lion wanting courage could’ve all been symbols for the things America also needed at the time. The American people needed brains so they’d be smart enough to figure out a solution to the widespread poverty, heart so they’d help each other out, and courage so they could get through the trying times. It’s a lengthy theory but it does line up well.Judy Garland was always the first original choice for Dorothy, however, Shirley Temple was also up for the part. In the original Oz story, Dorothy was supposed to be a young girl but in the movie they made her a teenager. Judy Garland was sixteen when they began filming so they just used her original age. Originally, Judy Garland wore a blonde wig and heavy baby-doll makeup to give her a more kiddish fantasy look. When the project changed directors, he decided to throw out the idea of the heavy makeup and wig and told Judy to just be herself. He...

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