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Hey Men! Dorothy Could've Used a Lil' Help

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One mom looks at "The Wizard of Oz" in a whole new way.

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Blythe Newsome: Last night I took two of my daughters to see "The Wizard of Oz." It was a great performance with a very talented cast. As I watched the play, I found it leaving me questioning a few things.

Poor Dorothy gets sucked up in a tornado, and she is thrown into a place she knows nothing about. What does she do? She moves forward to try and make it right. I could not help but laugh as I watched her meet her three fellow travelers. Here is a girl in a strange place due to some unforeseen natural disaster, and these men want to tag along. There is the scarecrow that just leaves a mess of hay everywhere he goes, the tin man who, anytime she needs him to do a big task, stops and tells her to oil him, and the big lion, the king of the jungle, who makes Dorothy go first into the dark forest. And not once does one of them offer to carry her basket.

I really think I may have dated all of these men. So these three follow HER down the yellow brick road, all so she can go in search of some "Great and All Powerful" wizard, who, as it ends up, is just a little man trying to make himself grander than he really is. The whole time she is dealing with these guys, there is a witch after them, and she ends up just grabbing a bucket and fixing the problem while the guys are whining about what is missing in their lives. HELLO ... she just got sucked up in a tornado, lost her home, was thrown in a strange land, has some crazy person after her, and she does it all while wearing high-heeled shoes. I wanted to yell, "Why don't you guys do something???" -- but as I looked at my girls mesmerized, I thought I should let them enjoy the moment.

They have plenty of time to rethink the story.

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Swati Bharteey November 8, 2009, 8:44 AM

What a hilarious take on the Wizard of Oz! You did the right thing with your kids…may as well let them enjoy the movie as blissfully as all of us did as children…there are just some lessons you have to let the world teach you.

Thanks for this creative twist.


Andy November 8, 2009, 10:51 AM

It was a story about a dream!!!

Gail Cooke November 8, 2009, 1:57 PM

Holy Over Analyzation Batman! It was her dream so of course she’d be the heroine…duh!

Kara November 8, 2009, 4:33 PM

lol, i have never seen it that way but now that you say it i agree.. thanks for the laugh too..

Megan  November 10, 2009, 5:26 AM

Umm…yeah…ok you forgot something though: ALL the characters were Dorothy’s exaggeration of each person she knew in her real life. You must have walked out early and missed the ending because that would’ve been the key to the final understanding of The Wizard of Oz. Next time you watch it, talk with your mouth closed and don’t shut your eyes so tight.

Sherry November 15, 2009, 7:29 PM

wow…so harsh on the writer. I see where she is coming from. Even if it was her dream…sheesh!

Caroline November 22, 2009, 8:30 AM

I get this, I just don’t see what’s wrong with it. It’s kind of a feminist story when you look at it that way. Dorothy despite lots of hardship is making a journey by herself, and even when she gets companions, older stronger male companions, it is she who helps them, not the other way around. That’s a good thing.

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