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THE WIZARD OF OZ (3)

My personal interpretation, deeply rooted in the enthusiasm for the movie and the play since my early childhood, is strongly influenced by Carl G. Jung. The Wizard of Oz is more an authentic myth than a fable of coming of age; it depicts a process of individuation, the perilous journey into owns psyche in order to become an integrated individual. The fact that a whirlwind transports Dorothy to the Word of Oz, interpreted in the 1939 version as a dream, a jump from the ‘real world’ into a fairyland inhabited by equivalents of Dorothy’s everyday life, authorizes this approach.
That Dorothy is not confident and grounded at her uncles’ home is a fact made clear since the beginning; she falls while playing on the fence and the adult that helps her seems weak and emotional (later, he will turn into the Cowardly Lion); we see her threatened viciously by the neighbour, Elmira Gulch, who wants to kill Toto, Dorothy’s most vital and cherish object; the aunt and uncle cannot help and she actually intends to run away. Then, the whole house is carried away by the tornado; are we talking here about a dysfunctional family?
Another important element related to roots and foundations in the tale are the Red Shoes; the same that the Wicked Witch of the West covets to the point of wanting to kill her. The shoes become the key element since her arrival in the World of Oz; her violent landing actually kills the other Wicked Witch, a sort of ‘acting out’ against this terrible mother image full of envy and repression; those same Red Shoes will eventually transport her to her native Kansas once she realizes that ‘There is no better place like home’. Dorothy can now stand on her own ground.

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by xavier_astro | 2009-06-22 00:00 | 映画  

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