An Analysis Of Setting And Tone Of The The Wizard Of Oz By L. Frank Baum

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The Wizard of Oz is a fiction story written by L. Frank Baum. The story has two main settings. The first setting is, Dorothy’s home, the Kansas prairies. The prairies are described as dry and gray. The second setting is the land of Oz. Oz is opposed from Kansas, it is colorful, bright, and full of joy. The Wizard of Oz has a grate theme or message behind the story. The message is that we all have good qualities in us, but it is up to us to use them.
The story starts off when a cyclone that hits the one bedroom farmhouse where Dorothy lives with Uncle Henry and Aunt Em. Dorothy and her dog Toto was carried away with the house by the cyclone. Then, the cyclone drops the house in the Land of Oz on top of the Wicked Witch of the East. The Munchkins give the Witch's Silver Shoes to Dorothy. The Good Witch of the North suggests that the Wizard of Oz may be of help to find her way back home. With the Good Witch's advice, Dorothy wears the Silver Shoes and start along the Yellow Brick Road that will take her to the Wizard in the Emerald City. On the way, she meets the Scarecrow perched on a pole and pulls him off. He tells her that he has no brains, but does not wish to be considered a fool. She persuades him to accompany her to the Emerald City, to see if the Wizard can give him a brain. The Yellow Brick Road takes Dorothy, Toto, and the Scarecrow into a large and dense forest. On the way, Dorothy finds out how the Scarecrow was made and how unsuccessful he was in scaring crows away from the cornfield. While walking, the travelers come across a Tin Woodman who has rusted and become immovable as a result of being caught in a rain storm. Dorothy finds an oil can to oil the Woodman's joints. She also finds that the Woodman had been human to begin with. But the Wicked Witch of the East had enchanted his ax so it cuts him. A tinsmith came along and provided the Woodman with tin body parts. But in the process, the Woodman lost his heart and therefore could not love. Dorothy therefore suggests that the Woodman comes with her to the Emerald City, to see if the Wizard can give him a heart. Still in the forest, the travelers next meet a Cowardly Lion, who admits to his fears. Dorothy suggests that the Lion seeks courage in the Emerald City from the Wizard. Next, the travelers come across two holes breaking up the continuity of the Yellow Brick Road. On the Scarecrow's advice, the Lion carries first the Scarecrow across the first hole, then Dorothy with Toto in her arms, and finally the Tin Woodman. The second hole is so wide that the Scarecrow suggests that the Tin Woodman chop a tree down to be a bridge. In this way, the travelers safely cross the second hole. But two ferocious beasts called Kalidahs begin to cross the tree bridge. On the Scarecrow's advice, the Tin Woodman chops at the top until the tree falls into the hole and the Kalidahs are killed. In the afternoon, the travelers reach find a wide and swift flowing river blocking their path at the forest's...

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