The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

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L. Frank Baum’s children’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz became a favorite read for America. The novel became a huge part of the American culture. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz impacted twentieth and twenty-first century ethos. The book influenced people around the globe. The story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz created several forms of entertainment, such as film and theatre. Baum’s novel cannot necessarily be classified as childish because of all the adult themes and topics covered in the book and later in the movie. His novel breaks the stereotypes and creates a rich story filled with not only entertaining events, but also potent and meaningful content. The presence of strong women is more prominent topics seen and analyzed from the book and the movie. The two articles that argue this later are Paige and Linda Roher’s “Wearing the Red Shoes,” and Emad A. Alghamdi’s, “Growing up Grey is an Inevitable Matter.” The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a literal representation of early twentieth century women. Compared to earlier fairy tales, where women were portrayed as passive and pleasing characters, Baum creates the prototype of women who are strong individuals. The first article, “Wearing the Red Shoes,” takes a closer look at Dorothy and the power of the female imagination in the Wizard of Oz. When the cyclone hits Kansas, Dorothy is transferred into a different world, the world of Oz. After finding out that Dorothy is far away from home, she sets the goal to
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