The Wizard Of Oz Essay

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The Wizard of Oz: Utopian Fairy Tale The famous quote, “There’s no place like home” warms the hearts of many Americans since 1939. In Victor Fleming’s fantasy film, The Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland plays the role of a young girl who experiences the majestic world of Oz. From witches to munchkins, Dorothy meets friends and enemies along the yellow brick road. The road in which she travels symbolizes a fairy tale adventure. From Fleming’s award winning film, to L. Frank Baum’s work of literature, The Wizard of Oz is known for it’s creative detail. Dorothy undergoes a transformation and enters a fairy tale. The unfamiliar world, in which Dorothy struggles to find her family and home, represents a fairy tale. Elements in fairy tales include talking animals, trickery, villains, sleep, morality tales, quests, universal truths, class conflicts, and a story plot. Without these components, the characters in The Wizard of Oz would remain static and the film would no longer be a fantasy genre, which could affect sales rates for the film. Oz appeals to a large audience because of the colorful setting and friendly munchkins. In Laura Barrett’s article, she quotes Jean Baudrillard, “Disneyland exists in order to hide that it is the “real” country [. . .]. [It] is presented as imaginary in order to make us believe that the rest is real” (Barrett 172). Jean says Disneyland and The Wizard of Oz are not reality, however the dream-like utopia’s are set up to fool people into thinking it is reality. Oz is a dreamy, imaginary place put together by producers and writers. They use props such as talking trees, flying monkeys, sleeping dust, and colorful scenery to appeal to one’s senses. In order to create a fairy tale, a writer/producer must incorporate elements that make up a typical story plot: evil villains, protagonist, sidekicks, a mission/journey, a happy ending,

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