In the classic film, The Wizard of Oz, we learn much based not only on the personality but also on the interests of each character especially as it relates to good and evil. Even on those on the good side still suffered from weaknesses and other shortcomings that had them acting in ways contrary to their true nature. For example, a lion is the king of the beasts, a powerful creature that’s large and in charge. Yet the lion in The Wizard of Oz was a coward and in desperate needed of courage. His own roar scared him just as much as other people.
Next, there was the scarecrow who needed a brain and the tinman who needed a heart. In reality, scarecrows are simply straw-filled mannequins used to deter birds from disturbing crops. But if brought to life, he’d surely need a brain to function else as if he admitted: “People without brains do an awful lot of talking…” Now, in the case of the Tinman….in real life, he would be in a museum or serve as a scaled-down child’s toy. Yet, in the film, his character was brought life and only to find himself in desperate need of a heart. (In some storylines, the Tinman was betrayed by one the wicked witches which is why he became heartless in the first place.) Unfortunately for them all, everyone thought was convinced that they could find what they were looking for if only the could reach The Wizard. (Whew! That one statement is the Christian Church at large, but I digress – for now.)
Aside from the main characters, which included Dorothy and her dog (Toto) plus the other sidekicks she picked up along the way, there were a few rather interesting characters that were epitomes of good and/or evil and those were the WITCHES! Although there were at least four witches in the original text, the various film adaptations didn’t always feature them all as a collective. One Quora user best explained it this way:
According to L. Frank Baum, the author of the Wizard of Oz series, there were four witches in Oz. Each guarded the four cardinal directions. One was the Witch of the East, the Witch of the West, the Witch of the North and the Witch of the South….In the film, The Wizard of Oz, the good witch of the north and the good witch of the south were combined into one person…the good witch of the north, while the south was ruled by the Wizard of Oz. (Source)
MEET THE WITCHES OF OZ
With that said, there were at least three witches depicted – although not necessarily named in the film and they were: Evanora, the Wicked Witch of the East; Theodora, the Wicked Witch of the West; and Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. As a quick review:
- The Wicked Witch of the East was Evanora and she was a middle-aged, malevolent woman who conquered and tyrannized the Munchkin Country, making them here slaves day and night, as she “ruled” over the eastern region of the land of Oz. As a result of Dorothy’s house landing on Evanora, the Munchkins are grateful to Dorothy for freeing them from the wicked witch’s influence.
- No “biological” relationship to Evanora – just two sisters in evil comes, Theodora as The Wicked Witch of the West. She served as the malevolent ruler of the Winkie Country appears soon after the death of Evanora. With a mean cackle, she has green skin and wears a long black dress and a black pointed hat. Despite being referred to as “worse than the other [wicked witches]” by Glinda the Good Witch of the North, even she has a phobia specifically aquaphobic.
- Last but certainly not least is Glinda, The Good Witch of the North. More powerful then all of the evil witches combined, Glinda is a beautiful, slightly matronly sporting a pink gown and a magical wand. One source defines her as “never been distracted or swayed, always maintains absolute firmness of purpose – something that cannot be said for the other[s].” (Source) She is the one who delivers a magical kiss to her forehead as she sends Dorothy onward to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard of Oz and hopes of finding her way back home.
WITCHES & THEIR INTENTIONS…
First off, WE ALL POSSESS BOTH GOOD AND EVIL! No one is exempt from being or doing something evil at any given point during their lives. (Hum, wait?!? Wouldn’t that make all of us witches? – Whoops! Again, I digress but if you are offended, then why are you on this blog? #justasking4afriend) Frankly, it doesn’t matter how you portray yourself to others. At some point, your true intentions will be exposed (whether in this lifetime or the next). Now, I’m not referring to someone “having a bad day” and kicks the dog, snaps at the neighbor or cuts someone off in traffic. We all have good and bad days along with good and bad seasons. But for some people, being and doing evil is a way of life and it is their very nature.
For example, in the scene above, the Wicked Witch of the West comes across as interested in finding out who killed “her sister” until Glinda the Good Witch ever so slightly exposes her true intentions by reminding her (and everyone else “present”) the real reason why “the green monster” was there. Her interest lies not in caring about her murdered “sister” but instead in restoring her lost and waning power by collecting the ruby slippers, which in other original text were silver in color. Unfortunately for her, her power is limited to those whom she can control many of which had died (or were withering up) under her demonic care. In the end, The Wicked Witch of the West would eventually meet her demise at the hands of Dorothy who threw a bucket of water covering her from head and toe causing her to melt (or waste) away (or in the case of the Biblical Jezebel, in which some tired and felt-up eunuchs who threw her out a window to her demise).
Always remember, even the evilest of individuals are not as strong as they pretend to be.
Switching gears, some might ask if Glinda was a saint?!? Well no! The major difference between Glinda and the wicked witches was in her intentions. She wasn’t interested in gaining control over Dorothy. Glinda understood that we are all here to experience a unique journey of our own calling. She could have easily told Dorothy all the answers but how would that have helped her in the end. The journey to Emerald City led to her meeting others that were on the same path, who all, in the end, realized that what they were seeking wasn’t outside of themselves because the power was within. Depending on your level of consciousness, these are the type of people you truly need in your life. Someone who will send you on your way knowing that in the end its what’s for the Highest Good of all and when they see you again, you’d be in a more elevated or evolved state of mind. We all need someone like Glinda who doesn’t give us all of the answers (upfront) but allows us to draw our own meanings from our own mistakes, nor does she need to steal in your successes either. It took going through their experience for us – the Dorothy’s of the world – to know who is for us and who is against us, to discover the power we hold within.
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