I'm Melting, I'm Melting........Things I've Noticed and Liked
In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, I was very surprised to find out how different the book was from the movie. I have to say the book is better than the movie.
One of the things I first noticed was, that when the Wicked Witch of the West found out about Dorothy and her friends, she sent wolves, crows, and bees. The similarity between them was the number of them, which was 40. There may be no huge significance there, but it still grabbed my attention, in that there was a pattern where I least expected it.
One of my favorite quotes from this book was by the winged monkeys, "We dare not harm this little girl," he said to them, "for she is protected by the Power of Good, and that is greater than the Power of Evil. All we can do is carry her to the castle of the wicked witch and leave her there." Which made me realize that they aren't the bad guys, and are actually very helpful, making them my favorite characters. This also shows the classic Good overcoming Evil. Since Dorothy was kissed by the good witch, the evil witch couldn't hurt her, therefore causing her, and evil to fail.
My question is, why is the Power of Good, and the Power of Evil capitalized?
Something that dissapoints me however, is that the phrase, I'm melting, I'm melting spoken by the Wicked Witch of the West was never in the book. I always loved when she said that in the movie. It was funny. In the book however, alls she said was that she will be melting in a moment, and to watch out. A bit of a let down.
I was also annoyed with chapter 16: The Magic of the Great Humbug. Mostly because, the scarecrow, tinman, and lion went on to say how smart they were since the didn't doubt Oz, when in fact they were just stupid. Yes, Oz granted there wishes, but he was able to because of how gulible they were. Alls he did was put mush in the scarecrow's head, put a silk heart filled with dust in the tinman'd chest, and make the lion drink some unknown substance. He didn't do anything, but make them believe he was a true wizard, because they were gulible and stupid.
I really enjoyed the book, way better than the movie, which always confused me up until a few years ago. The book was easier for me to understand, even if that sounds odd. I think the book did a better job off portraying the importance of "There's No Place Like Home!" than the movie. However, the one thing I like about the movie......I'm melting, I'm melting!