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The film The Wizard of Oz is definitely about the concept of returning home This is made clear throughout the film Dorothys entire time in Oz is spent trying to get back home to Kansas Then when she gets back home she tells Aunt Em that all I kept saying to everybody was I want to go home This fits perfectly with the time 1939 that The Wizard of Oz was produced One reason was that due to the depression many people were forced away from their homes and into cities Another reason was that America was on the verge of entering into another war WWII and the threat of having to send troops away from home was very real And as stated by Paul Nathanson in Over the Rainbow 156 going home is fundamentally linked for many Americans with growing up With this in mind it seems a good way of evaluating The Wizard of Oz is by Dorothys process of growing up her maturation Also since Dorothys adventure to Oz is clearly in the form of a dream it seems a good way of analyzing Dorothys maturation is by looking at this dream compared with real ones and using modern dream analogy from the Freudian perspective The act that spurs the entire action of the movie according to Freudian Daniel Dervin Over The Rainbow 163 is Dorothy witnessing the primal scene The primal scene refers to a child witnessing sexual intercourse between mother and father an moment that is both terrifying and confusing to the child According to Dervin this event sends Dorothy towards her final stage of childhood development Freud believed in three stages of childhood development the phallic phase Terrified of the idea of being destroyed by fathers phallus Dorothy projects another of Freuds ides was that of projection turning a feeling into something other than itself her fear into the form
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