The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Lyman Frank Baum
Contributed by Sharon Fleming
Chapter 4

Dorothy and Scarecrow walk together as they converse with the aim of getting to know more about one another. Dorothy explains to Scarecrow that she is willing to go back to Kansas. She contends that the area is grey and dry. She, however, maintains that it is her home and the only place where she can feel safe at. Going back to Kansas would also give her the opportunity to see her uncle and aunt, who have played the role of her guardian for long. Dorothy then decides that they need to stop and have some lunch. Scarecrow cannot eat, and his mouth is only painted red. Dorothy asks Scarecrow to give his story. He informs Dorothy that he was only made the day before yesterday. Thus, the only story that Scarecrow can give is how he was made. He goes on to tell Dorothy how he came to exist. He also informs her that he realized that he does not have a brain and the case disturbs her a lot.

As Dorothy, Toto and the Scarecrow continue to move, the road becomes rougher. The countryside also becomes wider. The vicinity would, therefore, scare anyone who would happen to move through alone. The company they have with one another is one they treasure as they can find courage in one another. They can encourage each other to keep moving, even when the journey seems to thicker for them. During night time, the travelers have no other option than to move through the dark forest. Toto and the Scarecrow are advantaged as they can see through the dark. Dorothy, however, has a huge challenge with seeing through the darkness. Toto and the Scarecrow, therefore, have to constantly wait for her and guide her through the dark and thick areas that they pass through. They consider her as their best friend and are, therefore, willing to assist her in the different areas that they happen to move through to enable her to feel not only safe but also courageous. They finally manage to find a log cottage where they decide to pass the night.


Scarecrow wonders a lot why Dorothy wishes to go back to Kansas, given the description she provides about the place. She describes the area as dry. As a result, one would have the expectations that the land does not have a lot to offer. It would also fail to provide one with the opportunity to identify some of the fun activities that may be desirable. Dorothy, therefore, provides some confusing statements where she shows that Kansas is dry. At the same time, she contends that there is no place like home. It, therefore, indicates that she is quite happy to be at the place. She would, therefore, be more willing to go back to her home and, thereby, have a share of a place that was dear to her. One peculiar aspect about Dorothy is that she does not make mention of either her uncle or aunt. She also does not express any information or feelings that would aim to show that she misses them.

The concept, therefore, provides that Dorothy is a protagonist who does not have parents. She can, therefore, fight for what she believes is right for her without needing to seek the assistance of either her uncle or aunt. The situation is, therefore, different from other fantasy stories. In most cases, the protagonist child would not wish to be separated from her parents or guardians. She would, therefore, have the strong will to engage in practices that provide an opportunity for her to attain the level of strength that would be imperative for her. The concept would also ensure that she would learn from those who are ahead of her in to identify some of the elements that she would need to pay more attention to in to lead a more deserving life.

In the story, Baum makes Dorothy’s uncle and aunt fairly unappealing. Thus, the reader does not find it queer the fact that Dorothy does not make mention of them. The reader has, therefore, been conditioned into having the idea that Dorothy may not be quite interested in his guardians. The reader also gets the impression that Dorothy is a strong girl who has engages in her fights without needing to seek the assistance of other people. The concept, therefore, prepares the reader for some of the practices that Dorothy may choose to engage in, which provide a chance of making her highly revered and someone that other people may seek to emulate. She, therefore, bears some of the characteristics of a heroine, thereby, making her highly important to people around her. However, the author can attract the attention of the audience by trying to show the great resilience that Dorothy had with regards to having the willingness to go back to her home.

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