My first work is the American film, The Wizard of Oz, directed by Viktor Fleming. The film was released in 1939 and is also a musical. The screenplay was written by Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, and Edgar Allan Woolf. The music was written and composed by Herbert Rosson. The film is based on the book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, written by L. Frank Baum. It is set at the turn of the 20th century in Kansas and then in the Land of Oz. My second work is the book, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, written by the English writer, C.S. Lewis and published in 1950. It is the Scholastic edition from 1995. The book is set during World War Two in the English country side and then then magical world of Narnia where time is different and therefore cannot be compared to any time period of the real world.
The common theme I will be exploring is “Good vs. Evil”. The theme is expressed in The Wizard of Oz” throughout the movie through the use of the antagonist, the Wicked Witch of the West pursuing the main character, Dorothy, for the shoes she wears (Fleming & LeRoy, 1939). The Wicked Witch wants the shoes for herself because they hold great power, but also because they belonged to her sister, The Wicked Witch of the East (Fleming & LeRoy, 1939). However, Glinda The Good Witch of the North, gifts them to Dorothy after she traveled to Oz, in her house and through a cyclone (Fleming & LeRoy, 1939). The house landed on the Wicked Witch of the East and