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* To reword that, Dorothy's exposure to dust, debris, and being hit on the head almost killed her, and Oz was a Near-Death-Experience. The entire thing was her brain creating a hallucination of sorts (like how sometimes people who have Near Death Experiences say they saw a light, heaven, or hell, or at least how they imagine it to be) which was all representative of her brain struggling to get her to wake up. It also showed her what could be her eternal reward, which is colorful and full of adventure, unlike Kansas. She really was dying the whole time, and if she had utterly lost her will to live, and stayed in Oz, and died in the real world.

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* To reword that, Dorothy's exposure to dust, debris, and being hit on the head almost killed her, and Oz was a Near-Death-Experience. near-death experience. The entire thing was her brain creating either a genuine vision of the afterlife (or a hallucination of sorts (like how sometimes people who have Near Death Experiences say they same if you think near-death experiences are all created by the brain). She saw a light, heaven, or hell, or at least how they imagine it to be) which was all representative of her brain struggling to get her to wake up. It also showed her what could be her eternal reward, which is colorful and full of adventure, unlike Kansas. She But she really was dying the whole time, and if she had utterly lost her will chosen to live, and stayed stay in Oz, and Oz she would have died in the real world.


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--> ''It wasn't a dream. It was a place. I remember some of it wasn't very nice, but most of it was beautiful! But all the same, all I kept saying to everyone was "I want to go home," and they sent me home.'' Many people describe their own near-death experiences in similar terms.
*** This is the opposite of the way it is in the books, where Aunt Em ''does'' come to believe her, and Uncle Henry is the one who thinks Dorothy simply has vivid dreams.


* Hence her green skin a big hooked nose.

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* Hence her green skin a and big hooked nose.



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** Dorothy therefore, would be the Good Witch of the South, a literal AngelUnaware.

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[[WMG: The Wicked Witch Is A Winkie Like Her Guards]]
* Hence her green skin a big hooked nose.


Gulch follows Dorothy but is crushed by the house. When the shoes brought Dorothy back to the real world, she fell asleep, leading to the apparent AllJustADream ending. This also explains how {{Return to Oz}} could work and why Toto was never in any danger again.

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Gulch follows Dorothy but is crushed by the house. When the shoes brought Dorothy back to the real world, she fell asleep, leading to the apparent AllJustADream ending. This also explains how {{Return to Oz}} ''Film/ReturnToOz'' could work and why Toto was never in any danger again.


* ThePlan certainly isn't perfect. According to {{Return to Oz}}, the Ruby Slippers ended up in the hands of the Nome King, who used their power to take over Oz. Presumably, Glinda was executed when the Emerald City fell. Even after Oz is restored, her secrets are concealed by the new ruler, Ozma, for her own purposes.

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* ThePlan certainly isn't perfect. According to {{Return to Oz}}, ''Film/ReturnToOz'', the Ruby Slippers ended up in the hands of the Nome King, who used their power to take over Oz. Presumably, Glinda was executed when the Emerald City fell. Even after Oz is restored, her secrets are concealed by the new ruler, Ozma, for her own purposes.


* The alleged "secret ending", according to many discussion boards including [[http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=74320 Snopes]], allegedly shows the ruby slippers still on Dorothy's feet as she lies in bed. Another rumor dating from the late '40s has Dorothy saying "There's no place like home", and the camera pans down from her face to show the ruby slippers under the bed. Apparently these rumors are very convincing, to the point that people swear they saw it at least once, similar to the "I saw the baby!" claims made by people who saw ''RosemarysBaby''.

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* The alleged "secret ending", according to many discussion boards including [[http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=74320 Snopes]], allegedly shows the ruby slippers still on Dorothy's feet as she lies in bed. Another rumor dating from the late '40s has Dorothy saying "There's no place like home", and the camera pans down from her face to show the ruby slippers under the bed. Apparently these rumors are very convincing, to the point that people swear they saw it at least once, similar to the "I saw the baby!" claims made by people who saw ''RosemarysBaby''.''Film/RosemarysBaby''.


** That's a complex theory, filled with in-depth symbolism. It also depends on the idea that Japan surrendered first in WW2. As it turned out, Germany was defeated earlier.

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** That's a complex theory, filled with in-depth symbolism. It also depends on the idea that Japan surrendered first in WW2.[=WW2=]. As it turned out, Germany was defeated earlier.


[[WMG: The entire film is a [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic pre-emptive allegory]] of WorldWarTwo and its lasting effects]]

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[[WMG: The entire film is a [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic pre-emptive allegory]] of WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and its lasting effects]]



* The Emerald City is the dream of a post-Depression prosperous future, and the Wizard is FDR (who unintentionally abandons Dorothy/America in her time of need). The poppy field represents WorldWarOne, whose status as the "war to end all wars" lulled the major world powers into a false sense of security. (Also note Flanders Fields.)

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* The Emerald City is the dream of a post-Depression prosperous future, and the Wizard is FDR (who unintentionally abandons Dorothy/America in her time of need). The poppy field represents WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, whose status as the "war to end all wars" lulled the major world powers into a false sense of security. (Also note Flanders Fields.)

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[[WMG: Dorothy and Tin Man were in a relationship.]]
Despite the fact most people assumed Scarecrow/Hunk was supposedly Dorothy's love interest in the film especially as she said she will miss him most of all Tin Man was actually Dorothy's boyfriend as there are a few clues that back it up. Most of the time the gang are together Dorothy is usually seen walking or running beside Tin Man. At one point in the haunted forest before the attack of the flying monkeys Dorothy is seen holding to Tin Man's arm. During If I only had a heart Dorothy gives him a smile. And let's not forget Tin Man was sobbing over Dorothy's welfare especially when she was affected by the poppies and being held prisoner by the Witch of the West. It may be possible Dorothy had a crush on Scarecrow and tried to make him jealous however.



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** I've been watching that movie for nearly 45 years, and I always read that as Em refraining from calling Gulch a "bitch", or even "cunt". But that's just me.


** [[Literature/{{Wicked}} This theory sounds familiar. I wonder, where have I heard it before?]]

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** * [[Literature/{{Wicked}} This theory sounds familiar. I wonder, where have I heard it before?]]




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* Just one little thing: Dorothy murdered neither witch, accidentally or otherwise. "Accidental murder" can only come under specific circumstances, such as "felony murder" and intending to cause severe injury, doing something clearly dangerous, and inadvertently killing a person. Dorothy was inside the house being carried by the tornado, and had no control over it. (The [=WWoE=] was TooDumbToLive, flying on her broomstick next to a tornado, cackling for all she was worth.) Dorothy's killing of the [=WWoW=] was unpredictable from a person in Dorothy's position: water caused the [=WWoW=] to melt???


The is [=WMG=] of [[Film/TheWizardOfOz the movie]]; see WMG/LandOfOz entry for theories about the original books by Frank Baum.


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The is [=WMG=] of [[Film/TheWizardOfOz the movie]]; see WMG/LandOfOz entry and WMG/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz for theories about the original books by Frank Baum.



* The Emerald City is the dream of a post-Depression prosperous future, and the Wizard is FDR (who unintentionally abandons Dorothy/America in her time of need). The poppy field represents WorldWarOne, whose status as the "war to end all wars" lulled the major world powers into a false sense of security.

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* The Emerald City is the dream of a post-Depression prosperous future, and the Wizard is FDR (who unintentionally abandons Dorothy/America in her time of need). The poppy field represents WorldWarOne, whose status as the "war to end all wars" lulled the major world powers into a false sense of security. (Also note Flanders Fields.)


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[[WMG: If the Good Witch of the North had been a separate character as in the book...]]
...[[AndYouWereThere she would have been played by Clara Blandick (Aunt Em)]].


* Or, the Wizard got his position by finding out the Wicked Witch of the South's {{Weaksauce Weakness} and killing her. With a powerful 'magician' and an open position, Glinda decided to let the Wizard take the role of the Good Wizard of the South.

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* Or, the Wizard got his position by finding out the Wicked Witch of the South's {{Weaksauce Weakness} WeaksauceWeakness and killing her. With a powerful 'magician' and an open position, Glinda decided to let the Wizard take the role of the Good Wizard of the South.


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[[WMG: The Witch of the South is Dorothy's "Oz Counterpart".]]
Hey, if Professor Marvel, Hunk, Zeke, Hickory, and Miss Gulch have "Oz Counterparts", why not Dorothy herself? Plus, it would explain why the people of Oz think Dorothy is a witch when they first see her-they mistake her for a different (real) witch.

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