Monday, September 14, 2020

What have you learned, Dorothy?

Theme is often defined as, among other things: the argument, the thesis, the question, the answer, the author’s message, the lesson, the central idea, or the soul of a story.

It is unusual for a story to lay out its theme as up front, plainly and well-defined as does “The Wizard of Oz” in this scene near the end of the movie.

Safely back in Kansas, Dorothy’s final line that closes the film is, “There’s no place like home.” It is a more concise statement of her answer to the question posed by the Tin Man in Oz, but it remains and re-enforces the theme that rests at the heart of this enduring story.

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