The Fable: A Case Study of Darkness: The Wizard of Oz and Pan’s Labyrinth

The Wizard of Oz

Rare is the film where the children’s world is the center and where children are more complex beings. The MGM film version of the Frank Baum classic The Wizard of Oz is such a film.

The Wizard of Oz is about a real world, Kansas, and an imagined world, Oz. Part musical and part fable, it audaciously pictorializes its main character, Dorothy’s world. Structurally fables have an overabundance of plot relative to other genres, variable tone, and are unified by the moral of the story (see Chapter 13). It doesn’t shirk from anxiety, and it relies on imaginatively doubling the characters in Dorothy’s Kansas life with characters represented in her imagined ...

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