The allegory of the wizard of oz by frank baum

At the send-off, he appoints the Scarecrow to rule in his stead, which he agrees to do after Dorothy returns to Kansas. In a September review, The New York Times praised the novel, writing that it would appeal to child readers and to younger children who could not read yet.

In essence, the Witch of the East big business reduced the Woodman to a machine, a dehumanized worker who no longer feels, who has no heart. The thesis achieved considerable popular interest and elaboration by many scholars in history, economics and other fields, [6] but that thesis has been challenged.

The Good Witch of the North — Midwestern farmers and others in the heartland who were strong in their opposition to the powerful elites who ran the economy and the political system.

At the end of the story, the Scarecrow supplants the Wizard as the ruler of Emerald City, the Tin Woodman is made master of the West, and the Lion is placed over the animals of the forest.

The infant became gravely sick and died on November 11,from "congestion of the brain" at exactly five months. Yet the Monkeys are not inherently bad; they have become so only through an unnatural and evil force.

It will certainly be no surprise to anyone to hear that famous classic books such asThe Jungle, or Brave New World have a much more serious purpose than just pure entertainment. And these, his conquerors, were marked in their dealings with his people by selfishness, falsehood and treachery.

Breaking up the trusts and nationalizing the railroads were key components of the Populist agenda, and Bryan favored trust busting if not outright nationalization.

Enough stirring adventure enters into it, however, to flavor it with zest, and it will indeed be strange if there be a normal child who will not enjoy the story. In Emerald City, everyone is required to wear green glasses with golden bands, so that nearly everything appears in a resplendent green.

His conduct on the journey through Oz is marked by common sense, resilience, and rectitude. Frank Baum was not a Democrat or a Bryan supporter. On the surface, this verdict is confirmed by Ranjit S. InPopulist candidates began winning seats in state legislatures and Congress, and two years later Populists in Kansas gained control of the lower house of the state assembly, elected a Populist governor, and sent a Populist to the U.

As Dorothy embarks on her journey, the Good Witch of the North kisses her on the forehead, giving her magical protection from harm. Around these economic and political grievances, the Populist movement coalesced.

In one scene in the novel, the Wizard is seen as a "tyrannical, hairless head". Given this experience, it is perhaps not surprising that The Wizard of Oz adopts a sly and cynical attitude toward power, associating it with witchcraft, sorcery, and humbug.

Quite simply, Oz operates on two levels, one literal and puerile, the other symbolic and political. China and its Great Wall are the obvious references. For a quarter of a century after its film debut, no one seemed to think otherwise.

In addition, it also stands as a tribute to the spiritual tradition of self-help and self-reliance, which can bring us happiness and freedom if we are willing to surrender to God and live fully in the wisdom, strength, and clarity that are our natural birthrights. The Wizard of Oz as Satire — A Closer Look To some extent, allegory and metaphor are always in the eye of the beholder, and unless an author has explicitly explained just exactly what he or she was trying to say in a particular work — and Baum never revealed his true intentions with respect to The Wizard of Oz to anyone — there will always be room for disagreement and variations in interpretation.

She is each of us at our best-kind but self-respecting, guileless but levelheaded, wholesome but plucky.

Incorporating the analogies developed by Littlefield and others, and adding a few of his own, Rockoff provided a detailed and sustained analysis of the political and economic issues symbolically refracted in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Second, all agree that Baum injected political satire into some of his later works, including the stage production of Oz, which parodied the Populists, among others. Moreover, gold and silver are often portrayed as working in combination.

This is only a sampling of some of the most obvious connections that have been identified between characters and situations in The Wizard of Oz and the real-life politics of its time. Second, the Celestial Kingdom was the only major nation still on the silver standard.

In reality, The Wizard of Oz deserves to be placed alongside all the other classic works of literature that have been officially categorized as political allegory or commentary.

Dorothy and Toto of Kansas Dorothy, the protagonist of the story, represents an individualized ideal of the American people. Monetary policy was a huge political issue at the time, with big businessmen generally supporting tight money and the gold standard while reformers favored an enlargement of the money supply through the coinage of silver or the issuance of paper money.

Like Australia, Oz is an island continent somewhere to the west of California with inhabited regions bordering on a great desert. The contention that Oz is a cleverly crafted political parable reached its apogee in the erudite pages of the Journal of Political Economy.

The children refused to accept this story, so Baum, in and every year thereafter until his death in Maywrote an Oz book, ultimately writing 13 sequels. But what does China have to do with Gilded Age politics?

Less courageous, however, were his final decision to vote for annexation albeit as a tactical move and his failure to fight vigorously for free silver in the election ofboth of which disappointed Populists. The power of gold proves finite and illusory, and it requires the coexistence of silver bimetalism to sustain its power.The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ( illustrated copy), Publisher's green and red illustrated cloth over boards; illustrated endpapers.

Plate detached. Public Domain – Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, an unabridged dramatic audio performance at Wired for Books.

The Wizard of Oz as Satire – A Closer Look To some extent, allegory and metaphor are always in the eye of the beholder, and unless an author has explicitly explained just exactly what he or she was trying to say in a particular work – and Baum never revealed his true intentions with respect to The Wizard of Oz to anyone – there will always be room for disagreement and variations in interpretation.

“I think you are wrong to want a heart. It makes most people unhappy. If you only knew it, you are in luck not to have a heart.” ― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a fictional adventure/fantasy that was written by L.

Frank Baum in L. Frank Baum was born near Chittenango, New York in Frank grew up with a heart condition so he couldn’t play physically like other children so he developed a creative side, so he decided.

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Populism what is it? Heard of The Wizard of Oz? These are connected with the Littlefield Theory InL Frank Baum, wrote “The Wizard of Oz” as a metaphor for the Populist era. Baum was a political activist in the s. The Historian's Wizard of Oz synthesizes four decades of scholarly interpretations of L.

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