Internal Conflicts And Irony In The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

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Did you know know that in both the book and the film, in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the supporting characters are struggling with their inner demons. You may not have realized this, but their internal conflicts are ironic to the personality of themselves. There are many different obstacles that the supporting characters in The Wizard of Oz encounter that relates to their internal conflicts and irony. All three supporting characters, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion are face with problems, and they will have to solve them by using what they supposedly don't have. The Scarecrow does not have a brain, the Tin Woodman needs a heart, and the Cowardly Lion lacks courage. Let's take a closer look at their internal conflicts…show more content…
An example of one of the times the Tin Woodman shows emotion is in chapter six. ""This shall serve as a lesson " said he, "to look where I step. For if I should kill another bug or beetle, I shall surely cry again, and crying rusts my jaw as that I cannot speak" (Baum 36). Not only is the Tin Man emotional, despite the fact that he doesn't have a heart, but he is the most emotional of the group. It is extremely ironic that after he says that he won't kill anything, he is the one who chops off all of the wolves' heads, so it gives us mixed feelings about his emotions.Against all odds, the Tin Man conquered his ironic inner conflicts, and while doing this, he helped the Cowardly Lion get over his courage issues. Cowardly Lion says that he has no courage, yet he is brave when faced with dangers and perils. One of the times that he shows courage is when the Winkies try to attack."Then the lion gave a great roar, and sprang towards them, and the poor Winkies were so frightened that they ran back as fast as they could" (Baum 80). When the Winkies were attacking, everyone else was scared except the lion. He knew exactly what to do when they were in danger. It is ironic considering that his
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