- provide enough relevant information about the character and text you are blogging about
As mentioned in the previous blog post, according to Hero.Wikia.com, “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.”
- explain the theoretical framework/concept(s) you are using for a general audience
Barry’s theoretical framework around Narratology accurately applies to Dorothy’s story. “Essentially, narratology is “the study of narrative structures” and is a branch of structuralism (Barry 214).” The story of Dorothy Gale follows many of the same structures that can be seen throughout many stories.
- analyze two specific scenes from the text using the theoretical framework/concept(s)
There are two specific examples within the story where the narratology framework would apply.
The first is that Dorothy follows the hero’s journey. A specific example is when she “leaves home” when her home is whisked away in the cyclone/tornado. This is an example of her following the hero’s journey.
The second is when Dorothy “reacts to the actions of the future donor” and embarks on her journey. She decides that in order to get back home she must get to the Wizard. This is another example of her following the hero’s journey.
Through the story, there are even more examples of this happening.
- make an argument about the cultural significance of your YA heroine
Dorothy, in my opinion, is not culturally significant in any way. I have no interest in her or any other YA heroine, so that may be my own bias, but I cannot see how she would be culturally significant.
- categorized, tagged, and posted to the WordPress blog; includes an appropriate feature image
Done. Here’s a fun image: