The Land of Oz is, of course, L. Frank Baum’s magical place in the classic children’s novel from the year 1900 and its equally famous movie version of 1939, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
The Land of Oz is not Kansas. Rather, it is the place Dorothy escapes to in her dream which is a Freudian device to keep Toto from the clutches of the mean-spirited Miss Almira Gulch. Proving that we cannot escape our fears, mean Miss Gulch turns into the Wicked Witch of the West when Dorothy and Toto arrive in Oz.
Keep in mind that Sigmund Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams (Die Traumdeutung) came out the same year as the original Baum book on the Land of Oz. A book in which Freud uses dream interpretation to explain the unconscious.
Dorothy confronts her fears along with the help of the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion, learning much about herself in the process as well as helping her friends. The most important lesson she learns is that “there is no place like home” and she must therefore leave Oz.
Baum left us this map of the Land of Oz and nearby countries for getting about.
Oz Land is for me Kansas. It is a strange place I came to late in life to live. The place where I work and raise a family. On weekends I am out and about with my two dogs to explore this place. I miss the mountains and the oceans, but I find every place has its own peculiar attractions.
And, as Dorothy said, “There is no place like home.”
Still from time to time I like to leave Oz.
Before I leave, I will give you one final thought. Blogging, Baum and Freud would agree, is also a way to escape reality, or at least to discover that there are alternate realities out there. Our appreciation of the blog post is best demonstrated with a like and a comment.
I try to do this as much as I can for other bloggers I enjoy on the theory that we are all wondering if there is anybody out there. And on the theory that sometimes one has to shut up and listen to learn.