Glinda – Good Witch or Gin Bag?
I love the classic 1939 “The Wizard of Oz” film and it has given me a great deal of pleasure introducing it to my girls. The both love it and enjoy singing and dancing along to all the songs. As it has the power to keep them transfixed for its entirety, it is a popular choice for putting on in the back of the car for long journeys. But as much as I love watching the film, it is a different experience just listening to it from the front passenger seat, and one that has really made me ask a lot of questions about Glinda. She is the “good witch” but I have to say, she reminds me of someone who has hit the gin a little too early in the day (think me at Christmas). So, here is my case for Glinda just being an old gin bag…..
- Something has gone down in Oz, and she rocks up in a bubble. She really is in her own little bubble, totally oblivious to what is going on, viewing the world through gin-tinted spectacles. She doesn’t seem that bothered by the fact that someone has just been killed – OK, it’s a wicked witch that has been squashed by Dorothy’s house, but even so. She then encourages the munchkins to celebrate the Wicked Witch’s death!
- Her brain being confused by the amount of gin she has obviously been knocking back, she thinks that Toto might be a witch. He’s a dog, Glinda. Just a tiny dog who bites people.
- She admits to being “a little muddled”.
- Dorothy says that she thinks that “witches are old and ugly” which Glinda obviously thinks is hilarious because she is a witch. Again, it’s a case of seeing things through the gin-tinted spectacles. I completely understand, a couple of g&ts and the whole world becomes a beautiful place, full of beautiful people including myself. I can also quite happily believe that I have magical powers including the ability to pull off a hideous pink meringue dress with over-sized crown complete with fairy lights.
- She seems to enjoy stirring up trouble, the gin turning off the “appropriate behaviour” centre of her brain. Not only does she stand there smirking when the Wicked Witch of the West turns up to find her sister is dead, she magically transfers the shoes off the dead witch’s feet to Dorothy’s causing trouble between these two, before she goes floating off from the situation which she has just made a hell of a lot worse than it was before she arrived.
- She is absolutely no help whatsoever. But she does know a man who can help, so sends Dorothy off to Emerald City to see the Wizard. This is a long journey for a girl who has just arrived in Oz, totally lost and now is being persued by an evil witch, thanks to Glinda. She doesn’t even accompany her there, washing her hands of the problem and leaving her fate to a man that nobody’s ever seen! She just gets off as quickly as she can, back to her bottle of gin.
- Her brain has been totally addled by the gin. Why didn’t she just tell Dorothy that the ruby slippers could get her home in the first place? Apparently it was “because she wouldn’t have believed me” Glinda tries to convince everyone (including herself) “She had to learn it for herself.” Not only does the gin have her forgetting these crucial pieces of information, it has her lying about it. Dorothy received the ruby slippers not long after meeting three witches (one of whom her house killed) and a whole host of tiny people called Munchkins, I really don’t think she would have had that much of a problem believing that a pair of magical shoes could take her home.
I don’t think there can be any question that Glinda is a complete gin bag, but I don’t blame her. I have two little Munchkins in my life who help me foster my love of gin, Glinda has a whole land of Munchkins to deal with. It’s hardly surprising that she is a total lush!