LIT 4334: The Golden Age of Children's Literature

Self Believe

on March 14, 2013 1:52pm

Self-Sufficiency is the predominant theme in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The Tim Woodman, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly lion all possess strong qualities but they fail to recognize it. In this amazing trip in the Land of Oz the 3 of them will realize the power of friendship with the help of Dorothy. In the adventure when they come to a wide ditch the cowardly lion volunteer to try to jump over it. If he can make it, that was his first reason to jump all of them across safely. Discussing the possibility of falling the cowardly lion mentions in the book, “I am terribly afraid of falling, myself. . . but I suppose there is nothing to do but try it”. Here we observe an act of courage that the lion is not realizing but he is feeling it. The Scarecrow lacks a brain and he desires above all else to have one. Also, he just do not want a brain but this character is scared of getting on fired. He is kind of ignorant because he does not recognize that he is only two days old. He seek for a new brain and he finally get it from the Wizard of OZ. His new brain is made out of bran, pins and needles. If we all noticed the wizard is using a placebo effect as he is been the most intelligent of the travelers all along. Using this placebo effect makes the scarecrow realize that he is not stupid at all but adroit. His desire for a brain notably contrasts with the Tim Woodman’s desire for a heart. Here we observe how these two wonderful characters debate between the relative importance of the mind and the emotions. They both believe they do not have either of these qualities. The Tin man is looking for love because apparently he does not have a heart. He was not able to fall in love with the girl he loved because he is replaced with a prosthetic limb. Another placebo effect is used by the wizard when he gives the Tin Man a heart made of velvet and filled with sawdust. However, this is enough to make the Tin Man happy but even without a heart he is the most tenders and have the more emotional feelings. He gives love to his friends and always tries to be sweet around them. When he accidentally crushes a beetle it remained in his conscious for the rest of the book. He claims the he must be careful about such little things like this and we can conclude that people with no heart do not need such care. These 3 characters they all believe in something and it was the help of the wizard to change themselves. In reality they all possessed these aspects of themselves, they just needed to believe in themselves and search deeper within themselves to find what is was they wanted and they finally did by the end of the book. Image

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One response to “Self Believe

  1. dkamauf says:

    I think that this is a very interesting post, Jose. Aside from some errors in grammar, I feel that your argument was very clear and laid out effectively. I think it’s interesting how you mentioned that when the Cowardly Lion does not his realize act of courage when he does do it, he is not aware of his decision to do so. This is a weird phenomenon because he made a conscious choice to do it, yet he fails to comprehend that he made the choice. I suppose one could speculate that his manner of decision making is mutual between emotion and logic. I also find your point about the Tin Man and the Scarecrow being symbols of the mind versus emotions to be very clever. They both have a very different sense of desire because their medium for seeking desire is different, specifically, the Tin Man uses his brain for desire for a heart, and the Scarecrow uses his heart for desire of a brain. I found it very interesting how you tied in the point of Oz being some sort of a placebo effect for the characters to capture their own desires. Oz, and the close-knit friendship that was strengthened along the journey, were didactic and the very causes of the solidification of identity that each character strove for.

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