The Wizard of Oz – A Family Movie Classic

The movie begins in black and white with a farm. Dorothy has many older brothers that help on the farm. A neighbor sadly has come to collect Dorothy’s dog, Toto since she thinks that he is a menace to society even though he has never bitten anyone. Toto escapes his cage and runs back home. Dorothy finds him and decides to run away. A storm is coming and Dorothy decides to go back home. Her family has already locked themselves in the basement and cannot hear her begging so as a tornado hits the house debris hits Dorothy in the head which knocks her unconscious. She dreams she is inside the tornado, which drops the house in a new world. She comes out of the house only to see a world of color.

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She soon finds out that the house landed on a witch. This makes the entire town very happy since she had harassed them for years. Dorothy asks the towns people how to get back to Kansas. No one had ever heard of Kansas and so they send her to see the Wizard of Oz Togel . To get there she must follow the yellow brick road. On the way, she finds a scare crow and unties him. He decides to join her on her journey so he can ask the wizard for a brain. They also find a man made of tin that has rusted. They oil him up and he too decides to join them so he can ask the wizard for a heart. Then they come upon a lion whose bark is worse than his bite. He admits that he desperately needs some courage and decides to go see the wizard also.

Just when they can see the Emerald City where the Wizard is, the deceased witch’s sister covers the land with poppies, a type of flower that puts them all to sleep. Will they ever wake up? Does the Wizard know where Kansas is? Watch and find out.

Metaphorically, Dorothy represents the person who is on a journey — and the “path” of course is the yellow brick road. She is our spiritual side seeking fulfillment. Her desire for a better world leads her away from her everyday existence to a magical place in which lurk hidden dangers. The Scarecrow represents our intellect, for he wants a brain. Without intelligence or the capacity to reason, we are indeed men of straw; apt to be pushed around by others. The Tin Man represents our emotions, for he badly wants a heart. Without the gentleness of love in our lives we become hard and unyielding; an attitude perfectly symbolized by a man of metal. The cowardly Lion represents our physical nature, and our will to survive in the material world. He seeks courage so that he can be strong and protective — a king in his own kingdom.

When all of these characters meet up, they seek a wise man, the great Wizard of Oz, so they may find what they are searching for, and gain possession of the qualities they believe they are lacking. The wizard advises them to prove their worthiness and gives them a most difficult task. They must confront and overcome the evil wicked Witch of the East, or they may not return to the Emerald city.

So in essence, it is not until they work together as a team — the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual — that these four characters are able to gain the power they need to overcome their evil opponent. Once they are successful, they return to the Wizard to claim their prize. When the foursome approach Oz, they are hailed as great heroes and are now on equal footing with the Wizard. The Wizard declares that they possessed their desired qualities all along, but that these qualities could not manifest clearly until they helped each other in overcoming a decisive obstacle. It was only together that they were able to vanquish evil and free the witch’s slaves.

So the inner message of this story is: that which we seek on the outside — really exists on the inside, but remains to be discovered. This happens naturally when the aspects of our personality: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual work together harmoniously. When we achieve this wonderful union, we too will gain access (return) to our spiritual nature and our spiritual home, a great kingdom.

The fairy helping in all of this was of course the good witch Glenda, who came to their aide in several instances to help keep them on their path, like a good spirit guide or angel always does.

The Wizard of Oz is a version of the biblical tale of the prodigal son, who left home only to return much wiser and with a grateful heart. This story also emphasizes that home truly is where the heart is. The lessons of love and its transformative power is a prime theme in many European fairy tales. The Wizard of Oz is an American version of this timeless theme and remains in the hearts of thousands who enjoy revisiting Oz, and its magic, every year.

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