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Magical Work in Oz

Magical Work in Oz

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Magical Work in Oz

"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"

Book One

"The Marvelous Land of Oz"

Book Two

"Ozma of Oz"

Book Three

"Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz"

Book Four

"The Road to Oz"

Book Five

"The Emerald City of Oz"

Book Six


Full Citations and Bibliography


Links and Connections


Magical Work Book Four

Magical Work in
"Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz"

⁂ Summary

In book four, Dorothy returns to Oz, but not through the conscious means of return she arranged in book three. She continues her elemental sequence, this time entering the magical worlds through the element of Earth. In an earthquake, the earth opens a fissure through which Dorothy is forced into the world of magic.

Dorothy enters the Underworld riding on a horse-drawn wagon with her companion Jeb. Like Persephone taken on a chariot drawn by black mares, by Hades. Indeed, on this journey, she is also accompanied by magical pigs, and pigs are a sacred animal of Persephone.

Like Persephone, there is a pattern of descent and return for Dorothy. In this book, there also surfaces patterns around who remains in Oz and why, as if to begin to indicate that Oz is not a place for everyone to remain. This is especially true for the Wizard himself, who was like Dorothy exiled from Oz at the end of book one, but allowed to return as he learns more about himself and the world of magic.

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Baum, L. F. (1908). Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz. Chicago, IL: Reilly & Britton. Illustrated by John R. Neill.

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⁂ dorothy

blunt p15

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p15 "eureka!" the cat & connects to gold, as in yellow brick & they are in california

p30 eureka is white, the color of good witch

p32 (E) "Yes; but it's lots of fun, if it is strange," remarked the small voice of the kitten, and Dorothy turned to find her pet walking in the air a foot or so away from the edge of the roof.

p32 eureka is D's curious self, inquisitive and mischievous. (ultimately, not fiting in with Oz, as Jim and Zeb do not either.)

or rational / explorative?

p69 calls wiz names, I don't believe you are a Wizard at all

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sleepy Zeb

p21 girl lost consciousness, but zeb didn't because he's a boy

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D travels to the fairy lands, by air, then water, and now by earth ...

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⁂ The Land of the Mangaboo (p42), The Vegetable Kingdom (p54)

beautiful, but, like the tin woodman, heartless ("heartless, and cruel eyes" p49) without animus? (sticky one)

no names, just "prince, princess, etc ..." except Gwig, unless that's a title.

pp24-25 Far below her she found six great glowing balls suspended in the air. The central and largest one was white, and reminded her of the sun. Around it were arranged, like the five points of a star, the other five brilliant balls; one being rose colored, one violet, one yellow, one blue and one orange.

are these the colours of the lands in this part of the fairy country?

reminds me of Etidorhpa, noted on p28

p38 wore a glistening sar in the dark hair just over his forehead

p39, Rain of Stones - vulnerable to earth

p40 house of the sorcerer

p41 Gwig, clothing is bright yellow (p42), "Old Prickly" (p49)

p54 "the mysteries of our Vegetable Kingdom" (also Blake, also Attis)

p57 colors were constantly changing under the shifting lights

p59 while they grow they cannot be said to really live, and they must be picked before they become good citizens (political, ageist, citizenship not innate)

p60 royal bush of the Mangaboos / hereditary, caste system

p63 age again: while we are in our full prime we must give way to another (not only are the young discounted, not yet picked, but the old are discarded, planted to grow new young.)

glass city, growing garden, black pit, twining vines

p93 black pit, not a bad road; veg. folk afraid because it is dark (needed heart? connects to courage, then in a way. got to have a heart to use courage?)

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⁂ Valley of Voe (p103)

p95 valley of voices

can't see; no vanity, not over proud.

p194 dama-fruit

p104 invisible bears (again, pp106- )

if we chose not to see, there are advantages, but there are also hidden dangers. then the hidden dangers become part of the excuse for continued blindness

is the valley of voe without _awareness_

p107 we who live here much prefer to be invisisble; for we can still hug and kiss one another, and are quite safe from the bears

pp107-108 "we are not Vain in the valley of vow, because we can not display our beauty, and good actions and pleasant ways are what make us lovely to our companions

pp110-111 Overman-Anu fought for nine days, then eaten by bears

p112 how did champion get killed by bears? this question is never answered. so, being invisible isn't so perfect a protection from bears, after all, eh? the blindness includes blindness to vulnerability.

p113-115 broad leave allow floating on water, people in voe travel this way often

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⁂ pyramid mountain

p122, opposite valley of voe: black sea, w/ rolling billows, through which little tongues of flame constantly shot up. & cloud fairies. (air)

p126 1/2 way up, braided man: making flutters & rustles (air things)

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⁂ The Land of Naught

p110 spiral staircase inside the Pyramid Mountain ... the awful Land of Naught, where the Gargoyles live

vulnerable to fire & sound (pp111-), quiet without voice, without communication (shinning body)?

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⁂ dragon-ettes

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⁂ In Oz, again

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⁂ nine

nine pigs

p110 overman-anu fought nine days

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⁂ no right

(book 2 glinda to sawhorse: prove you have a right to life)

p64 no right to be inside the earth at all (faulty proof for death sentence)

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⁂ Oz, again

p45 Dorothy & Oz meet again

p48 Bailum & Barney's Great Consolidated Shows – three rings in one tent and a menagerie on the side.

p50 create something out of nothing; create nothing out of something - faulty proof of wizardry

p54 leaps in with sword to pre-empt death

p69 I don't believe you are a Wizard at all; quite right, only a humbug

pp70- eating the pigs

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⁂ prove it

p39 prove innocence

p43 parsimonious proof by Gwig

p46 prove 1 wiz = 3 sorcerers

p46 Oz again with the pretending to be perfect, no mistakes; called BS by D

p47 Gwig "I am never wrong" and another parsimonious proof

p48 prove you are better

p49 bells tinkling, faulty proof of sorcery

p50 create something out of nothing; create nothing out of something - faulty proof of wizardry

p54, Wiz wins using "occam's razor" / sword to cut to chase?

p64 no right to be inside the earth at all (faulty proof for death sentence)

p68 (floating in air) to show that she was a superior being and more exalted than her subjects (proof by appearances not actual)

p69 I don't believe you are a Wizard at all

p71 pigs are only thing I have to prove I'm a wizard

cat keeps being rational, like p73 not greedy, I was hungry / p69 I don't believe / & c.

p77 title: prove dangerous

p80 prove my magic; create two suns; but don't laugh!

thinking about current events, and how proof is something that is manufactured to justify what's already been decided ... not proof, but rationalization

p83 convince the advisors to walk into fire to prove themselves (trap)

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⁂ language

p24 "bye and bye" vs by and by

p37 frisking & p85 frisk and play & p117 frisking along beside the buggy

p40 "gid-dap"

p125 they seem like open-work

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p27 (Jim) "This is a nice scrape you've gotten me into, isn't it?" (D) "As for that, we are in the same scrape ourselves," answered Dorothy, cheerfully. -

p29 (D) "But don't let us worry over such things, Zeb; we can't help ourselves just now, you know, and I've always been told it's foolish to borrow trouble." -

p65 (prince) "Follow me, please, to meet your doom." -

p73 you were very greedy I was very hungry

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p66 illo has glinda's wand, but the ankh has been changed to have much less pronounced arms. now see single finger pointing on a left hand.

"in a chariot drawn by lions" - p66 scepter of command, axis of the sky, symbol of authority and shows her to be divine.

p91 illo of earth, w/ nomes in wall?

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⁂ unlawful rule

p68 selfish and desired to continue your unlawful rule (like Gwig recently and Oz in book 1)

oz only greeted, fully welcomed back, when he disclaims desire to rule (continue his unlawful rule)

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p71 pigs from island of Teenty-Weent

p76 boy went to slumberland

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p72 fishes are not animals

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⁂ queer

p78 D: princess is lovely to look at, but ...

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⁂ Exiled

D exiled, lost shoes in book 1; then leaves for duty in book 3; then in book 4, leaves ...because of heart? compassion for Em and Henry?

Gump dismantled in book 2 because he's too Thing-ish. (Too ugly and slap-dash to be "admitted to select company"?)

Now, in this book:

Oz exiled for power over in book 1; allowed to stay when disclaims unlawful rule in book 4

Jim exiled because he doesn't fit in, as only Real Horse, loses race to saw-horse, and saw-horse is named real horse via meritocratic appointment.

Jeb exiled because he doesn't fit in ... why? too sleepy? wishes not to be awake, perhaps. also, mischief on p118.

Eureka exiled because no one trusts her, after attempted murder of little pig #9. Was heartless and cruel ...

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