The Battle For Power Within The Wizard Of Oz Essay

847 Words Aug 18th, 2015 4 Pages
The Battle for Power within the Wizard of Oz In Stephen Greenblatt’s book, Renaissance Self-Fashioning from More to Shakespeare, Greenblatt takes different pieces of Renaissance literature and gives a New Historicist approach to them. Within chapter six, Greenblatt brings up the famous play Othello by William Shakespeare. This section is where Greenblatt brings up his theory of having power v. occupying power. In his theory he states that Iago, the antagonist, is the one that truly has the power in the play whereas Othello, the protagonist, merely occupies power due to his role in society. In L. Frank Baum’s classic novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Greenblatt’s “having power v. occupying power” theory is prevalent between the Wizard of Oz and the Wicked Witch of the West. The Wizard of Oz is an interesting character when this theory is applied to him. During the course of the novel, the Wizard of Oz actually moves from “having power” to simply “occupying power” within a mere page. In the beginning of Dorothy landing in the Land of Oz, she is told that Oz is “great and powerful” from the Munchkins and the only way she can get back to Kansas is to see him. On her way to see him in the Emerald City, she meets the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion who want to visit him as well. Meeting these characters only further distill this believe in her head that Oz is truly powerful. When they finally reach the Emerald City, the Great and Powerful Oz does not want to be seen.…

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