Many people believe that The Wizard of Oz was and is an allegory for the radically new state of affairs that existed in America in the s, following the stock market crash and the bankruptcy of the United States Government which occurred immediately thereafter. For all extents and purposes, it can still be viewed as the current state of affairs, inasmuch as the allegorical nature, the clues strewn throughout the story, are still relevant today. The authors of Redemption in Law, Theory and Practice [BBC of America, ] have, for example, provided an interesting interpretation of the story of The Wizard of Oz, one which bears a considerable amount of attention being paid. Much of what follows, comes from pages to of their book.
Posted on February 19, 5 Comments Some Christian believers who may only look at the surface of this movie have suggested that it is occult-leaning and should be avoided. But I see rather a picture of the search of man for reality. There are many fictional stories which reveal the hidden heart of man and his situation.
It is also a broad statement of the hopes that under gird the American Dream. Many people fail to notice that ultimately this is a dream. Several Jews played a major part in the creation of this movie and its music, esp.
Somewhere over the Rainbow.
Even after a decade of war, flapper-excess, the great depression and the blossoming of the mob thanks to Prohibition these upheavals could not stem the tide from Europe which drove thousands of Jews and many others to America after World War 1.
America is still the land of promises where bluebirds fly. Jews working on the movie expressed their hopes for America where a lost girl, and three other flawed creatures could join forces to locate the person who will realize their personal dreams.
The Wizard of Oz continues to be one of the top box-office draws of all time because it expresses the individual dream of all people for a happy productive life. In this interpretation Dorothy becomes Every Man. Dissatisfied with life, feeling put upon authorities and contested by evil forces the witchy-woman who wants to dispose of poor little Toto, the dog she tries to run away when the tornado scoops her up.
Dorothy was a real orphan. Her dreams meant escaping her unhappy life; many people do feel fatherless and unwanted. Psychologists say some people actually believe they are not the real children of their parents. Denial of who and what we are can continue into adult life. Dorothy ends up in a totally improbable world where she accidentally kills an evil witch, is applauded by scores of very small people, treated as an honored guest and sent on her way to find the Utopian Personage known as The Wizard.
And we all want that, to be appreciated, to be sent to someone who can solve all our problems with one sweep of the hand.
On the Yellow Brick road to truth, which is the Kingdom of Oz, Dorothy must deal with the three parts of a human being — the will, the intellect and the emotions, which in theology is known as the soul. The Tin Man needs a heart, the Scarecrow needs a brain and the Lion needs a spirit consistent with his true nature, i.
The Emerald City is both a symbol of American money, the greenbacks, but also of heaven for Christian believers, the New Jerusalem built of emeralds. Salvation to a believer is the union of those three disparate parts of his nature under the leadership of God.
God in this movie is pictured as a Wizard, which we find out later actually is not a god-figure as his clay feet are exposed.
Dorothy and her friends her three part divided soul have been looking for the wrong thing. He tells the four of them they already have their answers. And that of course is life. The Utopian fix-all God is not available and all the smoke and mirrors of secular life cannot hide it in the end.
Yellow is the symbol for holiness, is the road they must take to get to a heavenly home and a true God. Along the way Dorothy and her friends must deal with a devilish attack as do all humans and they escape with help, some of it otherworldly as when the poppies put them to sleep.
Yes, we have angels in attendance. Not one of us is anywhere near as bad off as we think or as powerful as we had hoped. Nor are we as lost as we had assumed. There is a God. Those red shoes, symbol of the blood of Jesus, will take her back home.
And when Dorothy ends up in her own bed, she is surrounded by the same people and the same problems but with a new attitude of gratitude about herself and her family. Salvation for a believer is not an event but a process of coming to reality about life, its limitations and of course, its final goal.
Dorothy makes it — and so can we.In Hollywood ’s many Masonic productions, we find the 9/11 World Trade Center "terrorist" attacks alluded to in several films long before ! (This propaganda technique is known as Predictive Programming or Revelation of the Method) In 20 th Century Fox’s film Die Hard the first lines are spoken on a plane about how to get over the fear of flying.
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