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PAYING ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN: PATRIARCHY AND THE WIZARD OF OZ

by Chalfin, Andrea J.

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This paper deals with the social situations and gender codes that led to the production and subsequent mass consumption of the 1939 MGM film, The Wizard of Oz. The central issue of the analysis is the way in which the film serves to support social gender codes. By outlining patriarchal control in the film industry and utilizing an ideological and theoretical backdrop, The Wizard of Ozfits the mold of a "woman’s film." Its recuperative qualities serve to reinforce social gender roles of patriarchal control for the audience as well as Dorothy, and the battle between good and evil is actually an illustration of proper and improper behavior for women, as defined by patriarchal society. With Dorothy as the negotiator between the two, her journey is about learning her proper role and realizing there really is "no place like home," a physical locality to which she is now happily bound.
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School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:wizard of oz patriarchy in film

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Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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