The Wizard Of Oz By L. Frank Baum

1486 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 6 Pages
The Wizard of Oz, based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, is a movie that focuses on a young girl and her whimsical adventure through the Land of Oz. Throughout the last century, many people have interpreted the film in various ways.
However, Baum was a member of a philosophical organization called the Theosophical Society that focused on the occult. He used its lessons and teachings to write The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The movie adaptation resembles the themes in the novel, such as occult symbolism and self-enlightenment.
Beginning in Kansas on Dorothy’s aunt and uncle’s farm, the film focuses around Dorothy’s monotonous life. Shortly into the movie, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are swept away by a twister and dropped off in the magical Land of Oz. Here she meets the Good Witch of the North, Glinda. She advises Dorothy to follow the Yellow Brick Road and find the Wizard, who can grant the girl her wish of returning to Kansas. Along her path to the Emerald City, where the Wizard of Oz lives, she encounters the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion. Each lack something they need, so they join Dorothy on her journey to see the Wizard, in hopes to gain what they are missing. However, their pilgrimage faces a manifold of obstacles, most importantly the Wicked Witch of the West and her mission to retrieve ruby red slippers from Dorothy. She fails. Dorothy kills the Wicked Witch of the West. After defeating the evil witch, the Tin Man is talking with…
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