This is symbolic of the end of her childhood the

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the Witch of the East. This is symbolic of the end of her childhood. The witch being dead is signaled as a "day of independence" by the munchkins. It certainly is symbolic of it; the independence of adulthood is coming. In Oz, the munchkins ("little people," or children) reside, and Dorothy meets these as she meets Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. North is connoted with the direction "up," towards the heavens. Glinda's name begins with a "G." She is representative of God.
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The Wicked Witch of the West (adulthood) comes, and she wants the ruby slippers. But she cannot have them, as they are on Dorothy's feet now, and since they were worn by the Wicked Witch of the East (east representing childhood), the ruby slippers represent childhood innocence... something that an adult, one tainted and corrupted, can never have back. Dorothy follows the Yellow Brick Road through the land of Oz. This Yellow Brick Road is representative of the golden rule: "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you." When Dorothy stays the path or is helping someone, nothing bad happens. But when she becomes selfish or strays from the Yellow Brick Road, she runs into serious trouble. While following the road Dorothy comes to a crossroads and meets the Scarecrow. He pretends not to have a brain, but devises the plan to get himself off of the wooden stake holding him up and uses a good vocabulary, including words like "tedious." He has good thoughts, and, throughout the film, devises all of the major plans of action and rescue. Scarecrow and Dorothy skip into an area full of apple trees. Apples are the most common symbol of temptation, dating all the way back to Adam and Eve, and they were put there by the Wicked Witch (adulthood presenting temptation.) Dorothy strays from the Yellow Brick Road to get the apples because she's "hungry," and her and the Scarecrow get attacked by trees. During the attack, the Scarecrow uses his brain and is able to get them apples. Soon they stumble upon the Tin Man, who pretends not to have a heart... yet he is the most emotional character in the entire film. All of these characters, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion later on, already have what they want most in the world. When the Lion pretends to attack them/threatens them, Dorothy runs scared... until the Lion threatens Toto. Dorothy is courageous when others are in danger. This foreshadows a later event in the film, where, when Dorothy is in trouble, the Lion shows his true courage. He, too, is courageous when his friends are in trouble.
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The Wicked Witch, meanwhile, refers to them as "my beauties." They are no longer "my pretties." Pretty is a word used with children. Beautiful is a word used to refer to adults. Soon the four companions see Emerald City in the distance. Emerald City is, well, emerald in color. Emerald is a shade of green, a color connected with money and greed. It is also a color linked to new beginnings and spring. Both of these connections apply.
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