City of Roses
(smiles) Well, I believe it is one of the most spiritual movies I ever remember as a little boy, along with "It's A Wonderful Life"
Why, I am not exactly sure. But the rainbow to me is always a symbol of promise from the Good Lord, and the Holy Law and the Ten Commandments all seem to be personified high above the rainbow, with the terrestial world allied. Tangibly, she wants to go home, but intangibly, she's kind of seeking Truth. And each obstacle to me are like the obstacles Elijah or other reverent figures experienced; the Wicked Witch of the West, the poppies, time itself. In addition, the friends she makes along the way all tangibly desire something but intangibly find so much more. Oz himself is no God but a learned man and how he assures the scarecrow he's smarter than he thinks, the Tin Man love comes from within, and the Lion that courage is achieved through experience.
To me, Dorothy follows a path just like Jesus. She had questions about her family. Like Jesus, she started out as an ordinary person. She took an unusual path at a time before adulthood, made arduous journies, found companions, were not afraid to make their convictions and in the end had to leave in one form or another and sadden followers yet fill them with inspiration. They both are trying to find a "home", and on the way "home" they reach a state of atonement and holiness.
In the beginning when she defies Miss Gulch and her aunt letting Toto be taken away to be destroyed, Dorothy performs civil disobediance, showing it is simply wrong to pick on smaller things and Holy Law dominated over Civil Law. There's something about Toto too that is spiritual to me. To me, Toto is like the symbol of intuition. Toto escapes from the basket twice because of intuition, making good judgement. Barking at the scarecrow too when Dorothy doubts there is life in scarecrows also shows it.
The Wizard Of Oz is a classic not only because it is just beautiful and fun for all families but also because it is one of those films where there's more than meets the eye and the mind. There's allusions and archetypes everywhere, many I believe I haven't even picked up on yet. Even a bit of satire perhaps to civil law and obediance. I truly believe Emerald City is significant of something very important, just as the rainbow and the yellow brick road is, which I think the yellow brick road is synonymous to the path of righteousness.
Great thinking, Lauren, this is promising to be a beautiful discussion, yay!
"You'll find something that's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around and come back home" MB20