Is the conflict in The Wizard of Oz man vs fate or man vs self?

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The basic conflict in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is just a survival story. The movie version with Judy Garland might be called a "survival flick." A little girl is lost and wants to find her way home. The fact that she is lost in a sort of enchanted world does not keep the story from being a survival flick. The motivation throughout both The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is consistently the same: just getting back home to comfort and safety. Probably almost all survival stories owe their appeal to the fact that the protagonist finds himself, or herself, in an unusual setting. The reader identifies with the character who is trying to survive, and thus the reader is able to escape vicariously from his or her customary humdrum world into a more interesting one--a forest, a deserted tropical island, or whatever. The protagonist may be in danger, but the reader is not.There is a certain "aesthetic distance" between the reader and the story hero or heroine. The author L....

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