The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum Essay

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In 1939, Victor Fleming made a film version of L. Frank Baum’s novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” However, both the novel and the film focuses or touches on the same moral, it features the protagonist Dorothy who resides in Kansas the farm, along with her aunt Em and uncle Henry as well as her dog Toto. Both Baum’s novel and Fleming’s 1939 film adaptation the setting is in Kansas which is described as a small farm which Dorothy lives in which in Baum’s novel is picturized as gloomy, grey and dull. Throughout Fleming’s adaptation of Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” there are a number of differences which presents itself in a direct manner on screen as well as similarities. The variety of changes in the film’s adaptation tends to take…show more content…
It is brightly colored and feels almost alive, the design of it by Fleming was very talented and similar as it looks closely as how it was depicted in the novel. In other words, it looks and fits the description perfectly.
According to Russell E, the major differences between Frank Baum’s novel and Victor Fleming’s film adaptation are as follows: in the original novel the Land of Oz is described as being a real place but in the film, the Colorful Land of Oz comes into existence only when the protagonist Dorothy dreams of it. Another major shift and change was that in the novel, Dorothy seems or is described as being around eight to ten years but she appears much older in the film adaptation, although, she acts a bit childish and manipulative. Dorothy as seen in the novel comes about three women who are magical and helps her along the course of her journey. They are known as Glinda , she is the Good Witch of the South, the Good Witch of the North and the Queen of the field Mice, whereas, in Fleming’s film the only help in which Dorothy receives are from the Good Witch of the North known as Glinda. There are also other shifts, alterations or changes between the novel and the adaptation as seen in Baum’s novel, the minor character that appears at the end of the story who is the Wicked Witch of the West, in the film she is the main witch who is chasing Dorothy and her dog Toto in the wonderful and Colorful Land of Oz. Another difference was in the novel
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