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Lecture 21

ENGC23 Lecture 21: 11.1 Fantastic Cities Part 2: The Emerald City

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11.1 Fantastic Cities Part 2: The Emerald City Thesis Workshop ● Critical Analysis: does it move from observation (“we can see X in the text”) to interpretation (“the fact  we see X suggests Y”)?  ● Coherence and Scope: is the thesis focused on ​ne​problem/question? Can it be argued in  2500 words?  ● Argumentativeness: would anyone ar​ugains​your point?  ● “So what” factor: what changes? What do we realise is we learn/accept this thesis?  ● On Target: does it actually address the topic question?  Gatekeeping in the City ● Dorothy explains to the gatekeeper that she wants to see Oz, but the gatekeeper interjects and asks if  she’s sure Oz wants to her ​ ○ The gatekeeper doesn’t know of anyone who’s been allowed to see the Wizard  ● Dorothy says she ‘wishes’ to see Oz ­ it’s explained that if her reasons to see him are tedious she will  be destroyed with his great power and terror  ○ Dorothy argues that Oz was suppose to be a ‘good’ wizard ­ what constitutes a good wizard in  the first place?  ○ He rules ‘wisely’, but is still ‘most terrible’   ● City mandated by Oz to wear green spectacles in the city at all times  ○ The creepy thing is ­ the spectacles can’t be taken off without the gatekeeper’s key; Dorothy is  worried by this, but says nothing (tool of control)  Transparency and Power ● Remember Carrot fromMen at Armsevidence = that which is seen; Carrot also looks behind the throne  of Ankh­Morpork similar to how Dorothy looks behind the curtain to find the wizard  ○ But both Carrot and Dorothy agree that it’s better that people don’t know the truth  ● In the city Dorothy says eveseemed to be happy and the​eemed to be no horses or animals  ○ Remember that Dorothy and company are still ‘dazzled’ by the brightness of Emerald City ­ they  are being blinded   ○ Everything is gr ­ but when Dorothy takes off the spectacles she realises her green dress  was actually white all along; it’s said that it ‘lost’ its green colour  ● TGTF ​illusion: all magic is really an illusion  ○ Does this mean the WWW all­seeing eye is also an illusion?  ○ The scarecrow says he can see easily in the dark, but his eyes were painted on by a farmer ­  Dorothy also puts new paint on his eyes so he can ‘see’ better  ○ Toto reveals the Wizard because ​ot looking ­ he jumps away from the Lion when he roars  and accidently brings down the screen 
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