No Place Like Oz Essay

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There’s No Place like Oz Caroline lived in the midst of the great North Carolina piedmont with Jamie, who was her mother, and Alex, who was her older brother. Their house was made of brick, and sat upon a tall, grassy hill overlooking the road below that no one ever drove on. When Caroline stood in the doorway and looked around, she could see nothing but the great gray small town on every side. Neither a Starbucks nor a Forever 21 broke the broad sweep of mountainous country that reached to the sky in all directions. Nevertheless, Caroline was a joyous child, and her mother would always become startled whenever her merry voice reached her ears; she always looked at the girl with wonder that she could find anything to laugh at. It …show more content…
Perplexed by the peculiarity of her new surroundings, the little girl was soon given the gracious help of a good witch from the North who gifted her a pair of magical slippers, and pointed her in the direction of the renowned City of Emeralds where a great and powerful Wizard could send her home again if she wished; all she needed to do was follow a road paved with yellow bricks. As Dorothy and her dog Toto made their way down the path, they encountered the brainless Scarecrow, the heartless Tin Woodman, and the courage-less Cowardly Lion. All three were creatures of great potential, but were stunted by what they lacked, and so it was that Dorothy requested their company on her journey, for if the Wizard was powerful enough to send her back to Kansas, then surely he could gift her friends what they desired as well. After frustrating trials with a challenging wizard, and dangerous encounters with a jealous conniving witch, Dorothy’s friends finally received their greatest wishes, and soon after it was time for Dorothy to leave Oz. After she said her final goodbyes to her companions, she clicked her heels three times, and was home …show more content…
Baum’s classic American rhetoric and vivid imagery created an Oz that Caroline could not help but fall in love with all over again. As she drew closer to Dorothy’s return to Kansas, she began to wish that the pages would never have to stop turning; upon its eventual end, she was immensely satisfied, but still ached for more. It was then that she learned of the continuing series of books about Dorothy and Oz. She didn’t know it at the time, but this was the spark of her life-long love for

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