Oct 21, 2010

Chapter21 The Lion Becomes the King of Beasts

The Cowardly Lion, who had paled in comparison to the other members, made a great performance. He beat a big spider-like monster by himself. "Bravery" includes "fighting in spite of one's fear", I think. But The Lion's bravery which he didn't have fear at all is brilliant!

Before the fight with the moster, he made a promise with the animals living in the woods to welcome him as their king after he beat the monster. Haha, he is shrewd:)

By the way, in Oz, no one is supposed to die, however, in the first book, that rule seems not to apply. The Wicked Witch of the East, the Wicked Witch of the West, the linx, the wolves, the craws, the bees...and this spider-like monster. Well, in fact, no one has said "Nobody can die in Oz" yet. When did that rule begin? At least, in the first book, the rule seems not to exist.

Oct 20, 2010

Chapter20 The Dainty China Country

The word "dainty" of the chapter title means delicate and graceful. Actually, these people made of china are pretty and fragile...I think they should change at least the floor (or the ground?) to something made from soft material:)

The chinese princess refused Dorothy's wish to bring the princess back to Kansas. I like such a scene which indicates this world we are living and the fantasy land of Oz are connected. Oz is not in another dimension nor in a parallel universe. It exists somewhere in this world. I like that idea.

When they were going out from the chinese country, the Lion broke a church into pieces. As you expected:P, Dorothy didn't apologize. She said, "We are lucky we didn't harm these little people because they are all so brittle," and went on her journey. I was surprised that she was too insensitive.

Maybe Dorothy is much younger than I thought. I assumed she was 11 or 12, but she could be 8 or 9? I thought the Dorothy drawn by Denslow was too young, but maybe it's suitable.

Chapter19 Attacked by the Fighting Trees

They set out from the Emerald City, and embarked on an adventurous journey again. At first the weather was nice, the landscape was good, they kept going vigorously and jovially. And then, they finally arrived at a deep forest. The Fighting Trees were there.

The Woodman cut the boughs and branches to go through the forest...I don't understand how he could do it in spite of his kind heart. The Fighting Trees attacked Dorothy's party not because they were mean-spirited, but because they just wanted to protect their tribe. The Woodman was relentless, wasn't he? Though one of the Trees started to shake all of its branches as if in pain, the Woodman didn't seem to care. Do you remember the lynx which attacked the queen of the mice? To the lynx and these trees, the Woodman didn't have any pity...because he thought they were evil?

But...I get turned off by the Woodman when he intentionally cried "I can't do that because I have a kind heart."

Why didn't he say anything to the lynx or the trees before he chopped them down? The Woodman is very kind to his companions, but he is very ruthless to his enemies.

After they went through the woods, they found a high white china wall. Again, the Woodman cut the trees and made a ladder for his companions. It's very nice for Dorothy and her companions, but for the tribe of the Fighting Trees...they at least were not pleasant, I think.

Chapter18 Away to the South

Dorothy's one and only and last hope was gone! I worried that how she would be depressed....but she was as positive as ever!:) She thought "I'm glad I didn't ride in a balloon like that." Certainly, a balloon is a very unstable conveyance. No one knew for sure if the balloon would be able to cross the Deadly Desert for sure. Even if it could, no one knew where it would arrive.

Then, I thought Dorothy would decide to stay in Oz. But I was wrong! When the Scarecrow, who was now the ruler of Oz now, in place of the Wizard of Oz, asked, "We'd be happy if you would live here with us," she said, "No, I don't want to live here, I want to go back to Kansas." Ummm...she never seems to give up on going home.

And when the Flying Monkeys refused her wish because they couldn't fly to Kansas, before she moaned "Then, I can't go home anymore!", she cried "I have wasted the charm of the Golden Cap to no purpose!":P Dorothy, are you sure that you want to go home? How seriously do you think of it?

When they heard about Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, they decided to go to the South. The Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and The Cowardly Lion, even though their wishes had come true, they offered to go to the South with Dorothy to look after her safety. Then, Dorothy said "Thank you. You are all very kind to me. But I should like to start as soon as possible." She clearly stated what she wanted to. What a nice character!:P Why didn't she say "Thank you, but you shouldn't. None of you need to do that anymore. I can't let you put yourselves in danger for my sake."? Can I never hear any humble words from her?

By the way, I always think that one of the things the author wanted to say in his Oz series is "Everyone is different. That's why you are very important. The uniqueness is wonderful." The idea can already be seen in this chapter in the first Oz books.

People in the Emerald City are proud of being ruled by the Scarecrow. They think that there is no other city which is ruled by a stuffed man. Normally, you would think that having a scarecrow succeeded a great wizard is a very derogatory, wouldn't you? But they were satisfied because the most important point for them was the uniqueness:)

When you call the Flying Monkeys, it counts even if they aren't able to grant your wish. That's kind of unfair:( I had hoped that it wouldn't count because they couldn't grant the wish.