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The use of italics will only apply when and only when the thing to which you are referring is something you would italicize. If the title of the movie was Dorthy you would italicize only when referring to the actual work. When referring to the person or the character you would NOT italicize. Similarly, when talking about the actual Wizard of OZ himself, you ...


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In formal writing, the title of any publication/production etc that you are referencing should be italicized - which you're doing. What's causing the confusion is when a character or location within that publication shares the same name as the title. That said, if you are referring to the location, character or item - then no italics are used. So for you ...


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It doesn't matter whether or you use italics so long as you are consistent. The title of the story is irrelevant because you are not referencing the title - you are referencing a character. Dorothy was advised: she needed to find the Wizard of Oz. But on her way to the Emerald City she got into a brawl with the Wicked Witch of the West. In jail she met the ...


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Building on what was said by Sara Costa, perhaps there is a secondary moral to your story. A person can live a moral, self-respecting life independent of their culture. We who see ourselves as enlightened often assume smallness of character and misery where there was none. Perhaps you could address your readers in an afterword. You could ask them to put ...


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