The second half of the tale of Dorothy leads off with the girl and her pals wandering off to find the Wicked Witch’s castle, searching for a way to get her broomstick… so the Wizard will feel safer, more powerful, and hopefully grant the wishes of each of them. A brain, a heart, courage, and a way home. Just what should be on everyone’s list when shopping for your friends.
The Wicked Witch of the West? Well, she sees them coming from mile away.
I mean, after all… when you’re the envy of the neighborhood, you better keep your eyes and ears open, hadn’t you?
Adorable, ain’t she?
Yes, she is. And I want one of those flying monkeys of hers.
Dorothy gets snatched up by the winged primates, and hauled off to be confronted by the witch, who really – really wants her shoes. And I don’t blame her. Ruby slippers? Are you kidding me? How fantastic are those?
And the boys are left behind, cleaning up after themselves. They immediately strike off to find their friend, and to get her and Toto’s ashes out of the fire.
Remarkably? They get into the castle with very little trouble, and find Dorothy almost the moment they step inside. Funny… the castle looks pretty big from the outside. How’d they ever find her so fast? Oh, of course, Toto… the tiniest member of this motley crew, finds the boys and leads them to her door. Anyway, they bust Dorothy out of her room without rousing the whole castle (even with breaking down the door with an AXE, mind you).
Getting out of the castle, though? They get stuck. The Witch meets them at the door, and her guards pin them down at spear-point. But, through someone’s quick thinking (ironically, the dude without a brain), they escape, only to get caught in a game of Tag, and end up in one of the towers on the edge of the castle.
And when the Witch takes her moment to tell them exactly what she’s going to do to them? They douse her with a bucket of water, trying to put out the flames she’d laid on the Scarecrow.
(Really? Who decided that they should use water? All this told me as a kid – was that baths were bad for you, and would make you melt.) Not really a message my parents wanted me to learn.
Well, they get the broom, and get it back to the Wizard.
Who tells them to get stuffed – he’s too busy for them.
So the dog turns him in as the fraud he is. Good boy, Toto! Who’s the Wizard now??
Hoist on his own – fraudulent stories – the Wizard comes clean, telling the troupe that he’s nothing but an old fraud, but that maybe he can help them out somehow, anyway.
Handing over some tokens, he shows each of the guys, that really? They had what they were looking for, all along, they just needed to have someone else validate it for them. Being seen through someone else’s eyes as a valuable, valued person, is something everyone strives for.
And then, it’s Dorothy’s turn.
And the dud has nothing in his bag for her. Well… except the balloon that dropped him in Oz in the first place! Dude! A ride!!
Of course, he doesn’t know how to drive, and ends up taking off without the girl by accident. Of course it’s an accident – right?
And here’s where Glinda steps back into the picture. Miss Obvious.
She explains her earlier silence by saying that Dorothy had to figure everything out for herself, or the magick of the shoes wouldn’t work. Yeah. Sure. That’s why.
So, Dorothy clicks her shoes….. and wakes up.
Back at home, in her own bed, with her family surrounding her.
Basically – You can’t run from your problems. They’ll follow you, even over the rainbow. Find your friends wherever they are, whoever they are, and hang onto them. No matter how quirky, strange, or downright crazy they may seem. They’ll help you keep on track toward your goals.
And don’t ever, ever forget – Home is in your heart, no where else.
- Dissecting the Wizard – the Top Half (breaaire.wordpress.com)