illustration of main character Dorothy standing on the yellow brick road

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

by L. Frank Baum

Start Free Trial

What happens when Dorothy's house lands in Munchkin Country in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

Quick answer:

In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy’s house comes down in Munchkin Country, it lands on and kills the Wicked Witch of the East. By inadvertently killing the witch, Dorothy has liberated the Munchkins from the witch’s oppressive control. The grateful Munchkins rush up to Dorothy and Toto.

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, are inside her house in Kansas when it is blown away by a cyclone. Dorothy has no conception of time or distance as the house is whirled through the air, positioned in the cyclone’s center. Although the agitated Toto almost falls out through a trapdoor, Dorothy catches him and neither of them is harmed during the journey.

When the house comes down, Dorothy realizes she had fallen asleep, for she wakes up with the impact. The house remains intact rather than shattering upon landing as Dorothy had worried it might do. Through the window, she can see a bright, sunny day. As Dorothy emerges from the house with Toto right behind her, she first sees the “wonderful sights” of the beautiful countryside around them.

There were lovely patches of greensward all about, with stately trees bearing rich and luscious fruits. Banks of gorgeous flowers were on every hand, and birds with rare and brilliant plumage sang and fluttered in the trees and bushes.

A group of four short people come rushing up to her. The three men and one woman are about her height. They are obviously not just adults but quite elderly: the men have beards and the woman’s face is very wrinkled. Dorothy soon learns that they are Munchkins. The woman addresses her as “Sorceress,” and they welcome her to their land. She expresses her gratitude to the girl “for having killed the Wicked Witch of the East, and for setting our people free from bondage.”

Dorothy is incredulous and upset, maintaining that she has never killed anyone. The woman then clarifies that it was actually the house that killed the witch. She points to two feet in silver shoes that are sticking out from under the corner of the house.

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access
Approved by eNotes Editorial