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Journalism & Communication
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In the cinematic masterpiece The Wizard of Oz director Victor Fleming presents a fairy tale story told within a dream of a young girl from Kansas. The fresh-faced mid-Western familiarity of Dorothy and her family’s farm-based lifestyle is contrasted within her fevered dream by two surreal and alien worlds, one almost quintessentially American in its technology-inspired magical efficiency and the other a dark and foreboding world that has the look and feel of ancient Europe.
Particularly, the paper will analyze the scene in which the Wicked Witch, the stories main antagonist, was killed through her own machinations in the famous “I’m melting” scene. The sepia-toned setting of the Kansas prologue in the Wizard of Oz is famously contrasted with the splash of full color that the movie introduced as we enter Dorothy’s dream. The world of the dream is meant, we are supposed to believe, to represent an alternative universe. Yet director Fleming draws from the real world political and economic landscape of the late 1930s in building this supposed alternate world. Particularly, he establishes two worlds – one with a kind of goodness and innocence that, though it has its own brand of hypocrisy and silliness, is presumed superior to the second, a dark and scary world of evil that lurks about the film’s edges in the person of the Wicked Witch and the setting associated with her. As the film progresses we see that even the scenes in which a kind of injustice can be discerned in the sleek modern City of Oz -- through, for example, the Wizard making promises he has no intention of keeping – are carried out in a golden bathing light of modernity and technological wonder. ...
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