October 26, 2010 § Leave a comment
In the 1900’s, L. Frank Baum produced “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” a piece of literature that proved to be a modernized take on a classic fairytale during this time period. This story was quickly adopted and developed into one of America’s most historic and beloved movies.
The 1939 unforgettable movie begins by following the main protagonist, Dorothy Gale, on a journey from the quaint, rural farms of Kansas, to the magical and wondrous Land of Oz (Dirks). The introduction of the movie demonstrates how the twist of a cyclone can have a grave impact on the plot of the story. On her curious and eventful adventure, she encounters three comrades, the lion, the tin man, and the scarecrow. They travel along with her on a quest down the yellow brick road to meet the omnipresent Wizard of Oz. The characters are faced with a wide array of challenges and conflict along the way, for example when they encounter the Wicked Witch of the West, causing for the plot of the storyline to thicken.
I chose to focus on the topic of The Wizard of Oz for a variety of reasons. Although the storyline has many frivolous and lighthearted elements, there is symbolism that plays a role in political interpretation of the piece. The allegory in which this piece of literature has evoked has left a strong, lasting impression on the media’s reception of the film. The influence that the Wizard of Oz has relayed throughout time has translated through expansion through means of plays, books and movies, along with several other areas of the media. Due to the escalating popularity, The Wizard of Oz has been able to become a recognizable piece of transmedia through an assortment of music inspired by and referencing the movie, along with the play “The Wiz” and the book and Broadway musical, “Wicked.” The fact that such forms of media can transcend from one piece of literature is extraordinarily powerful, making The Wizard of Oz a quintessential example of transmedia.
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