Gender Roles In The Wizard Of Oz

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“The Wizard of Oz” is a 1939 classic film featuring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, and directing them all would be the great Victor Fleming. Victor Fleming’s classic film is about a young girl, named Dorothy, who lived with her aunt and uncle on their Kansas farm. A wealthy and nasty neighbor, Miss Gulch, are in conflict with Gale family regarding Dorothy’s dog Toto. Miss Gulch accused Toto of chasing her cat once more and biting her leg. After Dorothy had stolen Toto back from Miss Gulch, she went home to tell her aunt and uncle what happened; but they had more concerning things in mind relating to losing the farm. The tornado, symbolizing the conflict between Dorothy and Miss Gulch, went through their farm …show more content…
During this era, men were known for their power and authority at home, while women are known for listening and taking care of the family. Victor Fleming took a feminist point-of-view in the creation of the film; demonstrating the women figures to be powerful. He wanted to capture the audience’s attention to the need of women in a household to keep everything in order and care for the family. Men are not heroes in this tale, but silly beings who have the illusion that they are in need of something more and do not have the power to control in their own lives until Dorothy came along. Judy Garland played the character of Dorothy Gale; Judy Garland was a seventeen-year-old girl when the production of the film began (“Judy Garland Biography”). Dorothy’s character is portrayed as a sweet young girl and the image of tradition and idealistic moral values in the film. As mentioned before, Dorothy is from a farm in Kansas where dreams seem limited, giving her the desire of escaping to a better place where she wouldn’t have to worry about Toto’s safety. While Auntie Em is busy with the duties of the farm, Dorothy is pestering Auntie Em with her worries about Miss Gulch taking Toto away. With more concerning things in mind, Auntie Em brushes Dorothy away by saying, “Now, Dorothy, dear, stop imagining things. You always get yourself into a fret over nothing. Now, help us out today, and find yourself a place where you won’t get into any trouble” (Fleming 00:05:43-00:05:51). This sparked the idea in Dorothy’s mind of the possibilities of other places where she would feel significant; this was symbolized by the scene where she sings “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen. Dorothy’s dynamic character is introduced to the audience through indirect presentation as she confronts struggles throughout her quest for self-realization causing her to develop into a

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