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By L. Frank Baum

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Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion—they’re now as cherished part of American folklore as Johnny Appleseed and Paul Bunyan. on the grounds that its first booklet in 1900, L. Frank Baum’s tale of a bit woman over excited by means of a twister to the unusual and gorgeous Land of ounces has had a rare emotional impression on wide-eyed readers younger and old.

As Dorothy trips down the yellow brick highway to the Emerald urban, hoping the nice and poor Wizard who lives there'll support her go back domestic, she stocks adventures with the recognized trio of characters, defeats a depraved witch, and learns in regards to the strength of friendship, loyalty, and self-confidence. whereas students have debated for many years over attainable political meanings hidden in the story, Baum himself claimed he easily desired to write a “modernized fairy story, during which the wonderment and pleasure are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out.” because it has performed for generations previous, this vintage of myth event speaks movingly approximately what each baby wishes: the Woodman’s compassion, the Lion’s braveness, and the Scarecrow’s wisdom.

With unique illustrations via William Wallace Denslow.

J. T. Barbarese teaches at Rutgers collage in Camden, New Jersey, the place he's a member of the Rutgers heart for kids and formative years experiences. he's the writer of 4 books of poetry and a translation of Euripides.

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In the civilized countries I believe there are no witches left; nor wizards, nor sorceresses, nor magicians. But, you see, the Land of Oz has never been civilized, for we are cut off from all the rest of the world. Therefore we still have witches and wizards amongst us” (p. 25). This exchange has essential premonitory value. Many in the audience who believed as Dorothy did (“all witches [are] wicked”) might have objected to the whole concept of a Good Witch, one certainly without scriptural or moral precedent.

T. Barbarese. Note on L. Frank Baum, The World of L. Frank Baum and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Inspired by The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Comments & Questions Copyright © 2005 by Barnes & Noble, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical,including photocopy, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the publisher. Barnes & Noble Classics and the Barnes & Noble Classics colophon are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Oz is no Purgatory or compensatory educational experience, and it is definitely no metaphor for unconsciousness. Yet the film persuades the audience of a nearly allegorical symmetry between Kansas and Oz and raises unique questions. Is this Dorothy’s way of disclosing in dream truths too dangerous or painful to bear while awake? Are the three companions, like the three beasts who temporarily block Dante’s entrance to Hell, reflections of flaws in her personality? We don’t really know. The movie supplies teasing closures to questions that only it raises.

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