Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz was on television recently.  It's a good movie, but I've always had a few issues with it.  Why did they decide to make the whole thing just a dream?  Why does the Wicked Witch have water easily accessible in her Fortress of Doom?  Why does water make the witch melt, anyway?  That's sort of random.

And the Munchkins.  What is with the scene where they all fall over and pretend to be dead?  Did they really think that would fool the witch?  Why didn't they just throw a water bottle at her or something?

And Glinda. She goes around, pretending to be the Good Witch, when she's really an evil manipulator who out-and-out lies to Dorothy about the red ruby slippers, just so Dorothy can go on a quest to kill the Wicked Witch of the West.  Why doesn't anybody get mad at Glinda, or call her out on the fact that she was lying about the shoes all along?  I mean, thanks to Glinda's lies, Dorothy and our heroes almost got killed a bunch of times!  Sure, she saved them in the poppy field by making it snow, but still.  She just sat by and did nothing while our heroes went into dangerous situation after dangerous situation.  Where was she when the flying monkeys attacked?

And really, why did snow save our heroes from the poppyfield?  Is it magic snow, or is it somehow impossible to sleep when it's snowing outside?

And another thing.  Those ruby red slippers that Dorothy wears...don't really look like slippers. They're dress shoes, not shoes you wear with your pajamas.

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Woah..  I went a little overboard there.

Anyway, the question that I wanted to ask is this.  In the movie, are you supposed to realize that the Guardian of the Gates is the Wizard of Oz in disguise? I think they're supposed to be two completely different characters, even though the same actor plays them both.

9 comments:

Britnie said...

The Wizard of Oz is allegedly a political statement about the various political, social, and economic events that were occuring in 1890s, specifically the Populist Movement. I won't go into all of them, but supposedly, everything and everyone in the movie and novel are supposed to represent something related to current events. For example, Dorthory's shoes, which were silver in the book, represent the attempts of the Silverites, a politcal group, to make silver an equal monetary standard along with gold (silver was significantly worth less than gold at the time). That's why Dorthory was shown skipping along a Yellow Brick Road (a metaphor for gold) with her silver shoes toward the Emerald City (Washington, D.C.)to meet the Wizard (Nebraska representative William Bryan, leader of the Silverites), to show the possibilty that silver could eventually be able to "walk over" gold and join their leader, Bryan, in D.C. as the nation's dominant currency. So, when you look the movie in terms of symbolism, things kind of make me sense, but you are still right that somethings are a little out there.

furba4eva said...

Wizard of Oz was one of my favorite movies growing up, though now, I admit to being a bigger fan of the musical Wicked. Though, it is funny you should bring this up. next week, I'll be dressed as Dorothy Gale for a WWII Hollywood display. Talk about timing!

Anonymous said...

It's better explained in the books. The movie mushes in the North and South witch together. Also in the book, the mouse queen saves the gang from poppies.

Emma said...

Go see Wicked. Explains everything.

Miriam said...

The term "slipper" hasn't always meant the fuzzy junk teenage girls consider "cute" to wear in public. Dictionary.com says a slipper is "any light, low-cut shoe into which the foot may be easily slipped, for casual wear in the home, for dancing, etc." which pretty much means it's just a shoe that you can slip on and off.
According to that definition, ballet flats could sort of be considered slippers, and they're the only type of slipper I'll ever wear outside my house.

Further information about this from Dictionary.com under origin/history: "type of footwear, 1478, from slip (v.), the notion being of a shoe that is 'slipped' onto the foot."

3D###Boy said...

The answer:
1. The Guardian from the gates is really Wizard of Oz disguised.
2. You can't sleep out when its snow cuz, the snow its too cold and you will make extra fever. But after EF(extra fever) the body will warning you by waking you up!

furba4eva said...

Oh! And! The snow with the poppies? I would say that it killed the poppies, or masked the fumes.

3D###Boy said...

right, furba4ever! Do you live 4ever LOL!

Emily said...

Oh my you are so funny... and about the question: i think their supposed to be two different charactors.. but i don't know for sure.