Within the first couple of minutes into the movie we are introduced to some of the struggles Dorothy faces in regards to her home life. After trying to explain to Auntie Em how the wretched Miss Gulch treated Toto Dorothy’s self-presentation is reveled to the men left tending of the farm Dorothy’s aunt and uncle own. The first man tells Dorothy she doesn’t have a brain, the second man tells her she should have more courage to stand up to Miss Gulch and finally the last man . . . Dorothy’s behavior conveyed a self-image of herself to the three men which foreshadow the three characters she must face in Emerald city. Unknowingly facing the personal issues she has within herself through characters that reflect the personality of those back home in Kansas. Dorothy not meaning to cause any trouble while speaking to the three gentleman, is faced with Auntie Em once again not favoring Dorothy’s actions tells her to find “a place to stay out of trouble” here is where we see that Dorothy’s self-esteem isn’t all to high as she expresses while singing about a place over the rainbow that seems more appealing than her current home life where she doe...
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...dentity. These experiences in Kansas were stored in her memory and now in the emerald city she must face similar experiences through her journey to see the Great Wizard of Oz. Dorothy by defeating the wicked witch of the west manages to make it home while also teaching her friends the scarecrow, tin man and lion that they never lacked the ability to love, be intelligent or have courage they had those traits all along inside of themselves. Once Dorothy returns to Kansas the film continues its ending scenes in black and white to show Dorothy’s reality. Now having gone through some learning experiences she doesn’t view her home life as bad as she use to do to the self-reflective journey she had on her way to emerald city to learn about herself. Now she views herself in a different and more positive light then when she is first seen in the opening scenes of the movie.
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