The Wonderful Wizard of Oz | Study Guide

L. Frank Baum

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz | Chapter 2 : The Council with the Munchkins | Summary



Dorothy and Toto wake with a jolt to find that the cyclone has set the house down in "a country of marvelous beauty." A group of strange, small people approach; they welcome her to the land of the Munchkins and thank her for killing the Wicked Witch of the East.

The Good Witch of the North explains that this is the land of Oz. Oz is divided into four quadrants, each headed by a witch; two of the witches are good, two bad. Now, of course, there is only one Wicked Witch left in Oz.

Dorothy asks how she can get back home. The (good) Witch of the North suggests that she make the dangerous journey to the Emerald City and ask its leader—Oz, the Great Wizard—for help. She gives Dorothy a magic kiss of protection on her forehead, then vanishes.


Dorothy, or young readers, might have been frightened by an alien-looking race like the Munchkins, but by pointing out that they're the same size as Dorothy—who, in this book, is about 10 years old—Baum renders the Munchkins less threatening.

Until Dorothy's arrival Oz is a land in perfect balance: two good leaders, two bad. When her house crushes the Wicked Witch of the East, Dorothy inadvertently destroys that balance and sets the plot in motion.

We also learn that the Munchkins are dressed in blue. Each of the four countries in the Land of Oz has its own favorite color.

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