Manslaughter #2 happens when Dorothy accidentally throws water on the Wicked Witch of the East's sister, the Wicked Witch of the West. Water, it turns out, is WWW's only allergy, and she promptly melts. Her death is also greeted with cheers, because the only person who loved her is decomposing under a house in Munchkinland.
Joining Dorothy in her imaginary technicolor escape from justice are the three men who work on her family farm, now dressed up like freaks, and an even older man who pretended to read her fortune (in his trailer!) that very day. Her choice of companions are problematic in my book, but I'll get to that in a minute. The real problem with The Wizard Of Oz is that Dorothy's dream was never meant to be a dream at all. This right here is the first part of the hidden darkness we promised you a few paragraphs ago.
When L. Frank Baum wrote The Wizard Of Oz, he played the story straight. As in, Dorothy really did travel to Oz and meet a Scarecrow, Lion, and Tin Man, and those three friends weren't lazy analogues for the adult men in her life. (This explains why he was able to wrote more than a dozen of these books without this poor girl getting a concussion every time out.) It was MGM, the studio behind the movie, that looked at the box office numbers behind recent fantasy movies and decided audiences needed their witch and wizard stories grounded in reality. So they settled on the tired old Alice In Wonderland "It was all a dream" ending explanation.
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