New Religious Movement In The Wizard Of Oz

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A new religious movement may also be known as a cult, and thanks to our modern society; people have begun to connect cults with bad representations and images. Some people believe that cults are a form of practice that brainwash people into doing something that will harm them, this is due to the negative depiction of cults in which we see in today’s film society. Instead cults are meant to represent new forms of existing religions, new contexts of existing religions, or new creations of religion, thereby creating the following definition of a cult; a group of people that come together around a religious ideology that is usually new and small. Representations of new religious movements and/or cults are very prevalent in many of the films that …show more content…
The representation of a New Religious Movement can be seen throughout the movie “The Wizard of Oz” (Dir. Victor Fleming and George Cukor, 1939). This can be displayed through numerous aspects, such as the mystic symbolism in the film, the ideologies of the witches, and the setting of the plot. Many of the films that we see on a daily basis have characteristics that symbolise and represent other things, this is a tool in which is used by many directors and filmmakers because it allows for broader analysis, and more interpretations of the film amongst the audiences. Mystic Symbolism can be displayed in the movie “The Wizard of Oz” through numerous aspects, therefore making the movie a very interesting film to dissect and analyse. The story line itself is full of spells and trances that connect to the representation of the world of Oz as a new religious movement. Dorothy …show more content…
Victor Fleming and George Cukor, 1939). The characters in the film begin their journey toward Oz (in which entails happiness and success); they do this by following yellow brick road all the way to Oz. The yellow brick road resembles the pathway set by the leader, and as seen in the film; if they steer off the yellow brick road; bad things will happen (which can be seen as the base of many religions, for example; you must follow the ten commandments in Christianity). Throughout the film we also see constant references being made to rainbows (including the theme song of the movie; “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”), the rainbows can be seen as a bridge between reality and imagination, therefore creating a spiritual connection between the worlds. The differences between setting can also be a major factor in the analysis of this movie; The Wonderful Multicolour World of Oz vs. the boring black and white Kansas. At the beginning of the film, Dorothy dreams of a place where “trouble melts like lemon drops” this shows how Dorothy doesn’t feel happy in Kansas, and how she requires something better for her

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