If that “deconstruction” could be recycled and made physical, it would fertilize my entire lawn.
Talk about nonsensical analysis. Sounds to me like the writer is ONLY familiar with the Judy Garland movie. Baum wrote 14 (IMS) books about Oz.
Here’s a thought: he made some characters witches because kids like to hear stories about magic. In his day, it was faries and brownies and pixies–they all seem a bit tame today (LOTR excepted). Kids today are not so very different than kids back then–hence the appeal of the classic WofO tale.
No mention of Dorothy actually sacrificing a witch (the East one)-perhaps that escaped this writer’s keen eye and mind. Whatever would he say about that? Or is that some twisted, satanic initiation rite?
As for the claim that Satan wants desperately to reach my family–I say that Satan (in whom I do not believe) has plenty of customers–he doesn’t need to go trolling.
I will never understand this mindset-all imagination is bad, evil , threatening. Dressing in costumes and getting candy is bad, bad, bad. Watching/reading a fantastical story and learning about friendship, integrity, acceptance and a simple life is perverted into a threat to a child’s character and soul.
It’s disgusting. To quote Cecil: “these people would find something suggestive in a dial tone.” (still one of his best lines for me).