Wizard of Oz Essay

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Self Recognition in “The Wizard of Oz” Fantasy literature refers to characters that embark on a journey, fundamentally learning about themselves and presuming it to the audience. In the movie and novel ‘The Wizard of Oz’ viewers learn how the characters discover self-recognition through their journey of hardships, perseverance, faith, courage and love. All these qualities are expressed in the main characters that include Dorothy, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. Dorothy is always persisting and having faith that she will return home, the Tin Man is the loving one, whom hopes to receive a heart and the Cowardly Lion is the courageous one, but believes he does not possess it. Through struggle and the precarious journey, Dorothy, the Tin Man and Lion discover that they always possessed the qualities they longed for. Dorothy, the main character learns that without going through a long, difficult journey she would never be able to discover her true home, which she had all along. At the beginning of the movie, Dorothy begins at a prolonged disadvantage, feeling unloved and unappreciated. Dorothy was removed away from her home in Kansas by a forceful tornado to the land of Munchkins. She enters the perfect world of Oz, but later realizes it is not an ideal place for her, so she embarks on a journey to find her way home. “She wouldn’t have believed me, she had to learn it for herself” says Glinda, the Witch of the North. This quote portrays Dorothy’s path to self discovery, since she had to figure things out for herself to get through the challenges. It also means the coming to terms with the importance of her quest. When Dorothy awakens, she says “If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard” which displays her conscious state and being aware that everything she would ever need or desire is found within. She realizes

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