After realizing she “isn’t in Kansas anymore”, she and her little dog Toto meet Glinda. Glinda is a kind, sweet, caring, and compassionate Witch...unlike the Wicked Witch of the West who tries her best to make Dorothy’s journey very difficult. Glinda the Good Witch of the North is there to help Dorothy on her journey back home. Despite just having met her, Dorothy recognizes this kindness and takes her advice to travel to Emerald City, the Land of Oz. Oz, the powerful wizard is said to grant people's wishes; Dorothy’s being getting back to Kansas to her Auntie Em and Uncle.
The wicked witch of the west wants her sister’s ruby slippers, which apparently have magical powers. However, Glinda has magically put the shoes on Dorothy’s feet. The wicked witch of the west vows to get Dorothy and regain her sister’s shoes, “I’ll get you my pretty and your little dog too” ("Quotes from "The Wizard of Oz", 2018) Besides her vow to the shoes, very little is known about the motivations of the Wicked Witch of the West. Many other mediums in literature and movies have attempted to explain her intentions, including occasionally making her an antihero. Psychoanalytically speaking, the witch’s inner desires are a mystery because so little is known about her.
3 para 9) This bird is a reincarnation, or extension of her mothers spirit to help Cinderella even after death. Similarly, in the Little Golden Book version, Cinderella 's mother comes back to Cinderella as an actual fairy godmother. In this version, the representation of Cinderella 's mother helps Cinderella with her dress as well as the fairy godmother “looked at it [the dress]. “Good heavens” and with a wave of her magic wand, she turned the rag into a exquisite gown” (pg 6). Additionally, Cinderella 's mother 's spirit extends through death again in the film as an actual fairy godmother to help Cinderella.
Disney tells stories about pretty girls and princes who meet each other once and fall in love. This indirectly implants in children’s mind that appearance and materialism does matter, which might lead to vanity. For instance, the Hunchback of Notre Dame shows us that no matter how caring and kind Quasimodo is, Esmeralda and Phoebus are one couple because they are adequately good-looking. Another research has shown that in Disney classic movies, female characters are praised for their appearances (55%) and only 11% are for their abilities; however, Disney has changed their practice as in the millennial Disney movies, women are commented on their skills and abilities more (40%). (Guo 2016) In my opinion, despite the changes, children could barely realise as my niece still wants to be Elsa or Rapunzel because they are pretty.
She fears just because she is the oldest, she will not be a success in life. This has to do with self confidence. Her confidence is completely missing. People in her life should not look at her and judge her by a rumor, but as a person. Sophie wants to break the spell in her life and from the witch.
This shows L. Frank Baum 's classic work of The Wizard of Oz, having a clear view of the first threshold with Dorothy setting of on her magical adventure. This first threshold was caused due to the Good Witch of the North who in Baum 's story is a major influence in the story causing Dorothy to go on this journey. Baum 's story clearly illustrates these two tools in the fictional world. These steps may be prevented in the normal world, but they are also prevalent in the fictional world, through looking at the life of Mao. As Britannic Schools illustrates, “In primary school days, his heroes had included not only the great warrior-emperors of the Chinese past but Napoleon I and George Washington as well” (A-b).
As a young girl, I always and still do admire Belle for her intelligence, love for books and bravery in speaking her mind and most importantly, the decision of not changing herself for the world because world often changes. Unlike some of other Disney heroines, Belle’s defining characteristics made the Disney animated movie Beauty and the Beast as a tale old as time. This also leads to many studies on Disney Beauty and the Beast. In this section, I would be providing critical critiques on some of the studies. (Beauty and the Belles Discourses of Feminism and Femininity in Disneyland, Allison, 2002) critically analyzed Belle in a more general and brief historiography of the fairy tale.
Keeping this transition in mind, this paper uses semiotic analysis of four popular Disney films, namely, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), The Little Mermaid (1989) and Mulan (1998) to depict the influence of societies ' changing perceptions of women on the portrayal of Disney princesses. These films taking into account the earliest film and certain popular characters that have represented a shift from being the coy damsel in distress to a woman who plays an active role in determining her own destiny. The portrayal of the Disney princess has changed in accordance with the development of women in society over time (1937 to 2013) from demure and traditional to
In The Wizard of Oz by Victor Fleming, 1939, specifically during the beginning scene, Dorothy was in sync with the setting. Dorothy was in the proper placement of the props around her, adding to the feelings of her reflecting the place she is in. The background eluded to the idea that she is far away from the golden spherical instrument that 's supposed to hold a globe, on the window sill in the background. There 's also an interesting painting below the window sill, it 's a golden band of boxes; this could be the representation of how Dorothy is gonna get to where she 's going, the yellow brick road. However, the crystal ball seems to be the most prominent part of the scene, the contrast of Dorothy 's position enhanced the feeling to the viewer that Dorothy is scared and alone.
The use of a diegetic sound in this case, enables a smooth transition of scenes and gives a flow to the plot. On the other hand, the use of nondiegetic sounds lends individuality to characters or signals the entrance of characters. For example, at the opening of the movie, Dorothy enters the frame by skipping along the path with Toto where her foot-steps were accompanied by fast-paced sound which accompanies her footsteps. Another example would be of Glinda the Good Witch has her own sound effects whereas the Wicked Witch of the West, is known for her unique cackle. In terms of acting, we note that the speech of characters in the film are highly exaggerated and their voices are high pitched with mock enthusiasm, which resonates with the theme of the film which is hope during difficult times.
The five aspects of a quest include: (a) a quester, (b) a place to go, (c) a stated reason to go there, (d) challenges and trials en route, and (e) a real reason to go there. A vast majority of literature is structured around this concept and a piece of literature that represents it well is the Wizard of Oz. Our quester: a young girl, curious and innocent, happy with her family and life. A place to go: When Dorothy arrives in the land of Oz she discovers that her only chance of getting home is to visit the Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz in the Emerald City. She must follow the Yellow Brick Road in order to get there.
As the story of The Wizard of Oz plays out the character Dorothy goes through significant change, she is a dynamic character. Her heart turns from wanting to grateful as she matures into a young lady, which is important to this plot, because her journey of growing up impacts the entirety of the story and it impacts all of the characters she encounters along the way. The entire story begins with Dorothy frantically begging for the attention of her preoccupied aunt and uncle. Everything about her actions and words hint at self absorbent and immaturity. Not caring for the duties that her caretakers were tending to she throws herself into the mood and feelings of nobody loves me, driving her away from her home into danger, but the danger changes
The king decides he wants to choose a bride from the most worthy and beautiful in the land, so both Mufaro’s daughters travel to the capital, but in the end only one of the daughters can be chosen. I loved the illustrations in the book, they definitely brought each page to life. Steptoe’s paintings compliment the story as they expand characterizations and setting, they also add depth to the text. Like most stories that are based on a fairytale just like this one, they are fairly predictable, but nonetheless this book was still entertaining. Even though the story line was quite predictable, you still have the need to continue to read to see who the king chooses as his bride.
As presumed in the dialogue, Dorothy appears as a harmless, pure little girl just as much as other children can be. Their innocence is mostly objective, but it is still innocence, a concept at which adults can’t really relate to in the same way. Furthermore, a similar situation happens later on in the book when Dorothy again “kills” the invidious Wicked Witch of the West, erstwhile unaware that a simple bucket of water would effect in her melting. Albeit she destroyed the witch, in a manner it still makes her look innocent, because she didn’t know about the facts before doing that. It can be compared to a child that is doing something wrong but has no idea that it is wrong or does it by accident.