The Wizard of Oz and the Hidden Allusions
In the 1930’s one of the most legendary musicals to ever exist was created. The story written by L. Frank Baum about a girl named Dorothy and her dog Toto is known as The Wizard of Oz. This legendary story is captivating because of its tale of friendship and good vs. bad. Perhaps this story was written to send a much deeper message to its viewers, such as, faith, love, redemption and heaven. At the beginning of the story Dorothy asks Toto if there is a better place, that there has to be a better place than where Dorothy is at that moment (Earth). Shortly after those remarks by Dorothy, she says that she wants to go “over the rainbow” we know that the rainbow itself has a biblical backing being the promise to God’s people, but what else to this story indicates something spiritual? Dorothy and Toto are then caught in the path of a tornado and suddenly she wakes up in the Land of Oz, this could be that now Dorothy has entered (heaven) or her version of it. Dorothy’s house lands directly on the wicked witch of the east, and it kills her. She then encounters the wicked witch of the west (Evil), and is threatened by her but the good witch of the north (Good) presence overwhelms the Evil which would go along with the bible being that good always defeats evil. The good witch of the north even says “Oh, rubbish. You have no power here. Be gone, before someone drops a house on you, too.” Then the wicked witch of the west leaves while saying that she knows she has no power over evil.
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
Oz as a whole has some of the same images of heaven in which we are given in the bible. The entire path which Dorothy follows along the way is the yellow brick road, which sounds a lot like the streets of gold we are told about that exist in heaven. “The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.” Revelation 21:21 There are many allusions created in this story, but ultimately along the path Dorothy reaches her goal through the help of friendship, love and good. Dorothy ultimately reaches The Wizard of Oz, whom asserts himself in the story much like God does in the bible, he is the great and powerful Oz. Oz even claims to know why Dorothy has come to him before she even speaks, which again shows a reference to God that he is all knowing and great. At the end of the story mercy is shown by Oz in that he instructs Dorothy the way to get “home.” I think from this story there are countless amount of allusions to the word of the bible, perhaps the reason why this story has been so successful even today is that it holds a hidden message of God’s glory, power and redemption.