Significance of Dorothy’s Journey in the Wizard of Oz Often times, people want more from their basic life. They may be unsatisfied with personal issues or simply unhappy and want to escape. But when we go searching for what we believe is “missing” in our lives, we later discover that we’ve lost sight of what is actually significant. This theme of gaining meaning in our lives can be portrayed in the movie The Wizard of Oz by Victor Felming, through the quest of the protagonist, Dorothy. Dorothy’s adventure aided her development of sanity and morality by helping her appreciate her family, giving her knowledge of her place in the world, and gave her the maturity and the courage her to believe in herself.
Nathaniel Lemons December 14, 2012 To Kill A Mockingbird Composition In the first half of the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout is a six-year-old girl. Most six-year-old girls are very gullible, get scared easily, and are very curious. While Scout is all of these things, she is also very wise and excels in reading at school. These qualities show her aspects of maturity and immaturity. Even though Scout is immature and shows the qualities of a six-year-old, she also shows that she can be mature in her motivation to learn about the world around her.
The dreams seem to keep having a Glinda, the Good Witch of the North and a Wicked Witch of the West, obviously the good witch telling her the positive things to go and do and the bad witch telling her the complete opposite, trying to keep her away from doing the things Dorothy really needs and wants to do. Though between the two witches, it helped to
Fairy Tale Stereotypes in Anne Sexton’s “Cinderella”: Raggedly Ever After Anne Sexton’s parody on the age-old fairy tale “Cinderella” provides insight into the stereotypical characteristics that are ingrained into the minds of millions of children, characteristics that govern the perception and definition of both men and women. These fairy tales distort the way in which young children view the world, encouraging them to fit their lives into these storybook candy coatings. Girls make every painstaking effort to become either the dainty princesses longing for when their chivalrous princes will come or the obedient maids taking care of the household because these are the heroines’ roles just prior to reaching eternal happiness. In contrast, boys strive to become the “knights in shiny armor” who undertake a daunting quest to save the kingdom or the heroic gentlemen destined to be the kings of vast and wealthy realms. Sexton targets this concept of inequality--especially in the enormous gulf between female and male roles--to illustrate how fairy tales are far from “happily ever after.” In the introductory section of “Cinderella,” Sexton derisively conveys formulaic examples of “once upon a time” fairy-tale success stories.
Her and her pregnant mother were moving to the countryside of Spain in 1944 with her stepfather who was a ruthless captain in the Spanish army. Later that night a fairy led Ofelia to the labyrinth where she met the old faun who claims to be a faithful servant of her real father. Faun explains to her that she is a princess of the underworld and that she would be put through three challenges to prove that she is ready to come back home to the underworld realm. I think the princess was in love with the human world because it was different from her world. The princess escaped to earth through the labyrinth to visit, I think the sun blinded her because she was not accustom to the light because she is not from earth.
Lost In The Unknown On complicated journeys guided by naive curiosity and impulsivity into adulthood, Siddhartha and Alice find themselves deeply lost and confused in all of their wondrous experiences along the way. Alice Liddell of Lewis Carroll’s’ Alice In Wonderland is a seven-and-a-half year old girl living in Victorian England who follows a rabbit down a hole into the contradictive underground world of Wonderland. Siddhartha of Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha is the son of a Brahmin who decides to leave home in the hopes of gaining spiritual illumination by becoming an ascetic wandering beggar of the Samanas. Regardless of their differences in age, these characters are very comparable. They both set off alone on journeys at the hand of the draw in these coming-of-age novels.
Was Cinderella really blessed, or really cursed by a dove that her mother left behind? In a poem called “Cinderella” written by Anne Sexton, it was told that “Cinderella planted a twig on her mother's grave and it grew to a tree where a white dove sat.” The dove is a blessing to Cinderella, but a curse to her cruel family. The dove is a true bless to Cinderella because she got a dress, shoes, and a chance to dance with the prince. She worked hard, knowing that if she picked up all the lentils, her stepmother would let her go. Her little dove friend helped her by “calling his friends and picked up the lentils in a jiffy”.
What Is Magic in Cinderella? As to the meaning of magic in Cinderella, there always remain lots of arguments among readers. For instance, Bruno Bettelhem tries to convince people that the magic is a metaphor for psychological development, while Jack Zips then criticizes that the psychoanalytic theory that Bettelheim uses to demonstrate his argument is to some extend a gimmick. Max Luthi implies in his The Isolated Hero that magic serves as an important power that helpers have, helping fairytale heroes who are neither characteristic nor owning any specific skills performing their tasks. Madonna Kolbenschlag considers the magic in Cinderella as a symbol of faith and trust that heroine needs, “the belief that something good can be gained from whatever one does.” Jane Yolen suggests that the true magic refer to “the ability to change our own lives, the ability to control our own lives.” However, in my opinion, magic in Cinderella is first of all an outcome of real lives, and then a kind of reflection of people’s old religious beliefs.
Williams is truly a gift that only comes sparingly to one. Often we are stuck with teachers who think they know things but are actually filled with false knowledge. But, Mrs. Williams was genuine and honest. One could say that she had a very knowledgeable vibe about her. I believe Mrs. Williams left an impact on every child who was blessed enough to have her.
Maria Tatar argues that fairy tales hold a special place in society not only in appearing in mainstream media for children and adults, but also in how they relate to the real problems faced by the readers. Given this fact, some would still argue that fairy tales are not worth the analytical attention they receive. When reading these tales one must keep a critical eye