According to, “Dorothy Gale is the protagonist of the broad Oz novels, written by L. Frank Baum. Her first appearance was in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. She is an ordinary girl from Kansas who runs away from home when her nasty neighbor Miss Gulch threatens to file a lawsuit to take/demolish her family’s farm and tries to kill her dog Toto. But when a kind gypsy named Professor Marvel convinces her that her family and friends care about her she goes back. She is swept up in a tornado and sent to the magical land of Oz. Glinda sends her on a quest to find the local Wizard to help her get home and escape the clutches of her archenemy, the Wicked Witch of the West who is after the Ruby Slippers Dorothy got from her dead sister. Along the way she befriends the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion (Old Hunk, Hickory, and Zeke in Kansas) who all want something from the Wizard as well.”


One of Barry’s criticisms relates to feminism.

– Dorothy is portrayed as a strong female character in the beginning scenes of Oz when she kills the Wicked Witch and embarks on her journey. Although the witch is also a female character, this is irrelevant because Dorothy is the stronger character.

– At the beginning of her journey, she is given protection by the Good Witch.

Overall, this shows that Dorothy is a strong feminist character.