Wizard Of Oz Critical Lens Essay

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Most literary stories follow a journey pattern either from childhood to adulthood or ignorance to knowledge.Some stories go into depth and demonstrate a lesson within the voyage. A lesson such as not to give to much power to others over yourself; two works that exemplify this type of less are The Great Gatsby and The Wizard of Oz. Both The Great Gatsby and The Wizard of Oz emphasize a character’s journey from ignorance of the meaning of hope to knowledge of the dangers of empowering others over yourself.
Although released in the 1930’s The Wizard of Oz continues to impact audiences of all generations with its various use of color and its iconic characters. The movie introduces Dorothy, a young girl, who lives on a barren farm and who seems …show more content…

In fact it is mentioned in the book that “ Nick encounters Gatsby standing on Gatsby's lawn in the dead of night, and describes what he sees: he stretched out his arms towards the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him I could have sworn he was trembling involuntarily I glanced Seaward – and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and faraway, that might have been the end of a dock” (Fitgerald 22) the green light is shown as something important for Gatsby and we eventually learn the green light symbolizes Gatsby hopes to be reunited with Daisy. In The Great Gatsby, the green color runs throughout the whole novel, and it is closely related to Gatsby’s short life. Green actually “ symbolizes Gatsby’s original dream and hope, his eternal pursuit of his dream and even the corruption of his dream and life” ( Yaffe Web) which helps develop the idea that hope can be mistakenly given to the wrong things. The green color is closely associated with the green light occurred in the novel, which is closely related to Gatsby and the whole theme. The green light is his hope and dream. Though the light is minute and far away, he believes that only if he tries his best to pursue it, he can touch the green light, hold his hope and realize his dream. But on the other hand, as the light is always minute and far away, it symbolizes that Gatsby’s dream is doomed to

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