Morality In The Wizard Of Oz

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The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American film that was a successful transformation of the 1900 novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. The protagonist in the film, Dorothy Gale is the character I have chosen as to analyse the moral values and ideals in their pursuit of overall goodness throughout the film. Goodness in this film is expressed through various moral qualities, including kindness and righteousness. To “Strive for Goodness”, we are exerting ourselves to be a person of right and just behaviour and avoiding the evil that we may succumb to.

Free will is the ability to act at one’s own judgement of right and wrong. Free will is portrayed when Dorothy decides that she wants to go home. The Munchkins and Glinda give her advice on making her decision as she is told to follow the yellow brick road. With the advice that she has been given and her own conscience, Dorothy is able to make her own judgement of what to decide on and considers the consequences.
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The evil that we succumb to in our lives can often weaken our efforts and spiritual connection with God. In Dorothy’s case, we learn various things about her moral character. Her ruby slippers remind her that the power to go home was there all along. Her desire to be home, to feel safe and empowered was there all along. It was simply a matter of choosing what to believe and use her own free will. Overall, throughout Dorothy’s pursuit of goodness, she becomes the symbol of the yearning for heaven and the comparable redemption from evil, which is demonstrated from beginning to end. Demonstrating this goodness, Dorothy works with her friends to eventually be freed from the effects of the curse of sin and to, as said in Psalm 34:14, “turn from evil and do good, seek peace and pursue

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