Friday, 12 August 2016
Yellow Brick Roads And Rainbows
When my daughter and I saw a triple rainbow outside her school, we agreed that its three strands led to Asgard, Oz and a crock of gold. The Rainbow Road To Oz was an unmade film and I think was also a Frank L Baum book title although I can find reference only to The Road To Oz. Of course there is a rainbow in the song in the famous film that was made.
"...don't yellow brick roads lead to Oz?" (p. 230)
Well, no. In Oz, a yellow brick road leads to the Emerald City. A yellow brick road is in a song in the film and in a song by Elton John. The Visitor tells us:
"They still have that kind [of road], here and there in our part of the country." (p. 234)
When the Visitor sets out to walk along the yellow brick road in Judy's dream, she calls him back in horror, explaining that it leads to Grandmother's but:
"'We can't ever go there..." (p. 230)
Nineteen years ago, when the family drove along a yellow brick road to visit Judy's grandmother, their car was hit by a drunk driver. Judy's mother was killed, her father was badly scarred and she herself has been in a coma ever since. When the tall woman tells the Visitor that he has "...looked beyond the Edge..." (p. 233), she probably just means that, by entering Judy's dream, he has looked into the hereafter. I had taken her to mean something slightly more complicated:
that there are three realms - waking consciousness, dreams and death;
that the yellow brick road along which he had started to walk led to death...
Sometimes the creative use of a word or phrase changes its significance, e.g.:
"neighbor" and "Samaritan" in the Parable of the Good Samaritan;
"Big Brother" in 1984;
"Big Brother" on British television;
"Room 101" from 1984 has also been used on television;
"Yellow Brick Road" in Oz.
Potentially, Anderson gives "yellow brick road" another new meaning.