See Glinda’s vacant smile in this picture?
Think I’m kidding?
If you recall, Glinda started the conflict by giving Dorothy the shoes that were Ms West’s only remembrance of her sister, who was so tragically killed by a falling house.
Imagine how you’d feel if the cops gave your dead sibling’s shoes to the person responsible for his or her death.
Glinda is a trouble maker. She interrupts a distraught Wicked Witch, who is trying to find out what the hell has happened to her sister, with the antagonistic, “Aren’t you forgetting the Ruby Slippers?”
The Ruby Slippers magically appear on Dorothy’s feet.
The Wicked Witch pleads for the tokens of her sister’s memory.
Meanwhile, you can see Dorothy’s terror. Clearly she does not want to get involved. …and she sure as hell doesn’t want those shoes! – well, maybe.
Glinda further stirs the pot when she commands the Wicked Witch, “Be gone! Before somebody drops a house on you.”
Somewhat unsettled by this, the Wicked Witch takes her leave, – but not before threatening Dorothy and her dog Toto with bodily harm.
Formulating a plan, Glinda says to Dorothy, “I’m afraid you’ve made a rather bad enemy of the Wicked Witch Of The West.”
You just know Dorothy is thinking, “Wait. What? NO! I do not want to be part of this!”
This is where I think Glinda, upon sending Dorothy off on a wild goose chase, sets her plan in motion.
In my warped mind, Glinda sets off in her bubble to the Emerald City in order to convince the Wizard to use Dorothy as a means to finally rid themselves of Wicked Witches. Why not? She already killed one witch. what’s another? That’s why she sent Dorothy to the Emerald City by way of the more scenic Yellow Brick Rd, instead of the more direct Red Brick Rd. Everyone in Oz knows Yellow Brick Road runs right past Ms West’s Castle! It’s one of the premier tourist attractions of Oz!
My conspiracy theory comes from one single moment at the end of the film when you realize that Dorothy has been played.
Glinda, with a big smile on her face, says to Dorothy, “You’ve always had the power to go back to Kansas.”
Are you kidding me?!
I just wanted Dorothy to look Glinda straight in the eye and say, “I. Killed. The. Wrong. Witch!” I wanted Dorothy to beat the living daylight’s out of Glinda. …or maybe look around for another bucket of water. If it worked for one witch, maybe it would work on another.
Glinda, the “good” witch. Ha! I wanna smack that vacant smile right off that bitch’s face!
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- Note: Portions of this post are excerpted from “What Happens In Oz”, published July 2011 by me. It’s a cautionary tale about the dangers of not paying attention to the things around you. Read the full story here.