Wizard of Oz Essay

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a novel written by L. Frank Baum, it is a reflection of the late 1890’s in Midwestern America by displaying the troubles of oppression that were put on a poor, small town farming family. The major theme of the novel is courage. The main protagonist of the novel is Dorothy Gale, who is an orphaned teenage girl in Kansas. Dorothy is transported from her home in Kansas to the Land of Oz, where she befriends the Tin Woodsman, the Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow. Together they travel to the Emerald City (the home of the Wizard of Oz, who has the power to send Dorothy back home). Dorothy's new friends believe that the Wizard can also provide the things they think they lack, like courage, a brain, or a heart. Along the way, however, Dorothy and her companions must brave the dangerous obstacles devised by the wicked witch. (DISC 1) Back at home, she lives with her aunt Em and uncle Henry on a small farm, along with her little dog Toto. Dorothy is your average teenager; independent, brave and practical. (Bruccoli 1)Uncle Henry, Dorothy’s uncle is the common husband of the Midwest, caring, respectful and hardworking. He truly cares about Dorothy, along with his wife, Aunt Em. Aunt Em is a pretty, young wife who is still adapting to the changes of life in the farm country of Kansas. In the beginning of the novel, she is takes a stand-off approach with Dorothy and is not very close with her. By the end of the novel , Dorothy is reassured that Aunt Em really loves her. This family is a true reflection of families in the 1890’s oppression time period in that they go through financial changes and obstacles that affect their everyday lives in Kansas. In the Land of Oz, there are many more important characters. The Munckins are short people who dress in blue, they are quite shy, but are entertaining to Dorothy. The

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