Wizard of Oz

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Essay on why the movie is sketchy

Submitted: July 21, 2009

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Submitted: July 21, 2009

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The Wizard of Oz is a well known and beloved film and a great example of several genres such as, adventure, and fantasy. It also exemplifies quite a few themes including themes about coming of age, and journeys. Dorothy embarks on her journey when she enters Oz, as is shown by the yellow brick road, and foreshadowed by the road she is running on at the opening of the film. The two roads are just one of many examples of parallelism that extends to the actors of the film who all play dual roles in the different worlds. Many of the scenes using allusion throughout the movie are very strategically chosen because they had to be engineered to get past the Hayes commission. So when looked at closely, the film can be seen as somewhat risque. The poppies could be a drug reference, especially since they put people to sleep, and the tinman seems to be coddling a romantic relationship with dorothy throughout the movie which makes one wonder, what was really happening on the farm? The moral of the film seems, to me, existentialist and maybe even nihilistic. It shows God as communist Russia would have liked to show him, and argues that religion gives us nothing but what we already had, and is essentially a big scam. The other possible meaning is a play on the more obvious moral. The obvious moral is "there's no place like home", but in Oz everything is beautiful but very dangerous, and in Kansas, everything is boring, and there's a woman who wants to kill her dog. Therefore there is no happiness in this universe or any other we can go to.


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