`` The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz `` By Frank Baum Essay

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Portals in literature have made it possible to enter many magical or fantastical lands. Indeed, there are many different places in the world of literature that we on solid Earth have been able to explore. Not by ourselves, but accompanied by one or more fictional characters and their adventures shared through the written word. Using the literary works of: “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by Frank Baum, “His Dark Materials: The Subtle Knife” by Philip Pullman, “Reckless” by Cornelia Funke, and also by Funke “Inkheart.” I intend to delve into the history and meaning behind how and why they work.
ROOTS OF PORTALS In 1858, George MacDonald wrote “Phantases.” Upon which it was thought that Carroll grounded his “Alice in Wonderland” of 1865 as a portal fantasy. This would be the ground on which other great works of fantasy to follow would take their standing. Drawing inspiration from Carroll’s new way of entering a new and parallel world. Baum would put a twist on the idea of portal travel in 1899, and not long after the C.S. Lewis stories of a place called Narnia - hidden in a wardrobe, or in a painting, or even in a pool – would put portal fantasy on the map in 1950. Even in my generation fantasies are utilizing the portal travel idea to its best and most interesting.
WHAT PORTALS MEAN However one must not take that to mean that portal fantasy begin in 1858, because it didn’t. That is only when the idea of portal fantasy began to take…

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