Sunday, October 20, 2013

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

In the article “Creating the Myth” written by Linder Seger she explains the different types of myths we see in many movies. Seger explains that these myths come from similar experiences in cultures and a universal story, the same stories successful films follow. These story lines often are successful because we can relate and find some connection within our own lives. Seger explains the steps the hero myth usually follows in a movie, and one of the movies she mentions is The Wizard of Oz.

 In her article Seger references The Wizard of Oz, a movie released in 1939 featuring Judy Garland. The Wizard of Oz is a musical adventure movie that starts off in a mundane world of Kansas in black in white.  Dorothy runs away from home and on her return gets caught in a tornado. As the story progresses Dorothy finds herself transported into a colorful wonderland.  She receives help from Glinda the good witch who appoints her in the direction she must go to get home. Dorothy must travel the yellow brick road, where she meets three friends who help her on her journey. The Scarecrow who is searching for a brain, the Tinman who is searching for a heart, and the cowardly lion who is searching for some courage. They help her while she goes through the many obstacles the wicked witch sets before her on her search for home. Dorothy is a prime example of a hero according to Segers hero myth. She starts off in an ordinary world and finds herself on a journey toward heroism (336). “This universal process forms the spine of all the particular stories” (336).  Dorothy finds her world turned upside down, she receives guidance, she overcomes obstacles she even hits rock bottom. But then she finds her courage and stansd up and in the end becomes the hero of the story. This is what Seger explains is a classic “Hero Story” (339).

1 comment:

  1. Great summary, and I see how it's an example of Seger's formula, but why does she use it? Does it support her claim?