NaBloPoMo 2013 Day 29 (late) PENULTIMATE
So, today I ended up getting sucked into The Wizard of Oz, and I had a realization: Glenda could be seen as incredibly manipulative.
Follow me on this. So, once the Gale House comes crashing out of the sky, one of Glenda’s threats is killed. The Wicked Witch of the East is destroyed, and there’s one less witch in the land of Oz. Glenda’s plot to install herself as supreme magical force in the land of Oz is one step closer to completion at the start of our story, at least from the Oz-ian point of view. There is never a “Witch of the South” named, only hinted at by dint of the existence of the other Cardinal directions, but since she’s never named, we can assume she doesn’t exist.
Next, the pilot of said house (Dorothy Gale), who could be considered a murderer, is bestowed with the Ruby Slippers, a seemingly powerful pair of magical shoes. At least, that’s the impression the Wicked Witch of the West (AKA WWotW) gives us. She wants the slippers as they will give her power. Glenda shows up immediately after the death of WWotE, and uses her magic to shift the slippers to Dorothy’s feet, making Dorothy her catspaw to defeating the WWotW (by way of the Wizard, to whom Glenda sends Dorothy).
Glenda succeeds in eliminating the Wizard of Oz himself, knowing that the Wizard can transport Dorothy back to her home, but only by leaving Oz himself. And Glenda no doubt believes that the Wizard will send Dorothy after the WWotW, a known threat to him, thus the reason she sends Dorothy to him in the first place.
Only once the WWotW and the Wizard are eliminated does Glenda appear to teach Dorothy how to use the power of the slippers to return herself home. In doing so, Glenda removes the final challenger to Glenda’s power. Once that happens, Glenda is left as the most powerful magician in all of the Land of Oz.
Simply coincidence? I don’t think so… but wouldn’t that make a great plotline for an RPG? 😀