Thursday, July 30, 2015
The Devious Evil of Oz
So I have come to realize the Wizard of Oz and Glenda, the “Good” Witch are actually manipulative villains who misled Dorothy into a war she had no business in with false promises and empty powers: sound familiar? I’m shocked to be honest. I always knew Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was the story of a homicidal child killer who set traps and then invited kids into his “Fun House of Horror” to watch them fall victim to their own weakness, but I thought the Wizard of Oz, while really just a man behind a curtain, was at least good; not so. Hang on kids…
We all know the general tale, so I am not going to recap it, but there are aspects we need to revisit: for example, the start of Dorothy’s adventure in Oz. Glenda and the Wizard were in a battle for control of Oz with the “Wicked” witches of the East and West prior to Dorothy's arrival. Dorothy just happened to get caught up in a tornado that ripped her house out of Kansas and placed it, of all places, directly on half of Glenda and the Wizard’s arch-nemesis? And notice Glenda just happened to be there when Dorothy landed? Coincidence? Hardly! Glenda was there to do a job: get the shoes off the dead Witch and onto Dorothy’s feet so the sister Witch will assume Dorothy murdered her; send her off to meet a “wizard” who has the power to send her home and escape this madness knowing full well the wizard had no such powers. Glenda the “Good” witch is introduced with a murder, a manipulation, and a lie to a 13 year old girl she just tricked into aiding her war. And that is just the start of the tale!
The center of the land of Oz, home of the Great and Powerful Wizard, is known as the Emerald City; sounds great right? Except the city is surrounded by a gigantic wall and a locked door being guarded by the most rude and obnoxious gatekeeper who refuses anyone access reflexively. And the Emerald City is surrounded by poppy fields that put anyone who enter it into a deep coma-like sleep. Sounds real inviting right? And you have to get through a forest full of human hating mobile trees just to get to that poppy field trap; Oz ain't a wonderland.
The Witch is wicked, right? How do we know that? All we know is she is after Dorothy for the murder and robbery of her sister and all she wants is the return of her sister's shoes. That's evil? Compared to the Wizard who took advantage of a 13 year old girl with promises he couldn't fulfill only on the condition she would also murder the sister Witch; this time premeditated murder no less? This Wizard's help is to turn a child into a cold-blooded killer! And who does he send with her? A moron, a lazy woodsman, and a coward. He could have, in theory, prepared them for the trip being a great and powerful wizard, but instead sends her on her way with a moron, a slacker, and a coward: a 13 year old girl!
Now then, a spoiler you should all know is that the entire story actually takes place in Dorothy's head, so that should mitigate the evil of Oz, right? Hardly. What that fact does it place Dorothy in direct competition with Alice for the most insane character in literature. I mean if Dorothy based everyone she met in Oz on a real life person she knew, that means she thinks of them as manipulative, evil, cowardly, stupid, lazy, and eager to take advantage of a child for their own purposes.
"There's No Place Like Home?"
Maybe, but given how she saw home, is that a good thing?