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Why is the Scarecrow Dorthey’s Favorite?

Growing up, my parents had shown me the Wizard of Oz. For those of you who’ve lived under a rock for the past 50-80 years, the Wizard of Oz is about a farm girl who gets unfortunately caught outside in a tornado and gets twisted up in the air, landing in Munchkin Land, a district of Oz. Desperate to return to her ill aunt left at home, she follows the Yellow Brick Road, making three friends along the way. First, she meets the Scarecrow, then the Tin Man, and lastly, the Cowardly Lion. They all try hardest to get their courage, heart, brain, and family while learning they’ve had the power to achieve their wishes on their own all along.

If you remember, at the end of the movie, Dorthey hugs all of her friends, giving them each parting words. While she hugs the Scarecrow, she says “I’ll miss you most of all”. My question is why?

Of all her friends, why would the Scarecrow be the one she’d miss the most? We see their entire journey, and there’s nothing that makes the Scarecrow stand out to the naked eye. However, if you know this site, you know I don’t like to stop surface deep.

If you notice, first off, the Scarecrow is the first person Dorthey meets while on the road. Therefore, even though they meet the Tin Man directly after, Dorthey is still more familiar with the Scarecrow. Also, right before meeting the Tin Man, if you notice, Dorthey and the Scarecrow had already been walking a long way before mistakenly picking apples from sentient trees. I highly doubt they spent that whole time either singing or in silence, so I believe it’s safe to assume they had small talk and get-to-know-you conversations that the film didn’t have time to add in.

Another thing to notice is that the Lion had to find his courage at the end, and for the rest of the time, his pride being cut down due to his cowardly habits become a running gag. The Tin Man, though he’s been kind-hearted the whole time despite his claim to be heartless, has a large range of emotion that becomes a handicap for Dorthey as she has to stop and oil his joints every time he cries and rusts himself. Meanwhile, the Scarecrow spends the whole time loyal, kind, brave, and clever at Dorthey’s side. Just for a few examples, the Scarecrow stands up for Dorthey against the sentient apple trees, he claims, and proves, that he’s not afraid of anything (except a lit match), he’s the first to figure out that the poppy flowers are cursed, when chased by the flying monkies, his first concern is Dorthey’s wellbeing, and that’s just scratching the surface of what I remember off the top of my head.

From what I can tell, the Scarecrow is the most courageous, compassionate, loyal, smart, and, for lack of better term, human. While the other two either truly lacked what they desired or had what they wanted all along to such a strong degree that it was a handicap, the Scarecrow always has his brain, and more often than not, knows how to use it.

What do you all think? Does the Scarecrow truly warrant being the one who’s missed most of all? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and have a beautiful rest of your day~!

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