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Removing The Curtain Essay

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“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” These are some of the most quotes words in the movie “The Wizard of Oz”. (Baum) Oddly enough, we should have been paying more attention to the meaning behind the curtain of the classic writing of Frank Baum. The Wizard of Oz is not just a fairytale; it contains many aspects of symbolism. Many theories state that the classic story of the American dream is a parable on populism.

The Wizard of Oz was written by L. Frank Baum in the early 1900’s. Around that time, Theodore Roosevelt was President of the United States. This time period was also known for the Populist Movement. Populism is defined by Princeton University as, “the political ...view middle of the document...

They demanded democratic reforms such as initiative, where citizens could debate about the topic in our legislatures. This would allow citizens rather than Congress to vote on a bill and officials ters to be over before their term ended. Their Presidential candidate, James Weaver ran for President and fell short of victory, though he had over a million votes and 22 electoral votes. This caused the ideas of Populism to dance around in the minds of Americans. (The Growth of Populism)

Henry Littlefield proposed the idea in 1964 that “The Wizard of Oz” is a parable on populism. How can he come up with this idea? He looked a Baum’s past career as a journalist. Baum wrote articles on politics and current events in the 1800s and early 1890’s, which is when the Populist Movement was in effect. Littlefield also made aware that Baum was sympathetic towards the Populist Movement and was a supporter of William Jennings Bryan in the the election of 1896. Baum was not an activist, but records show that he primarily voted Democrat. The Populist party joined the Democrats to support Bryan’s campaign. Finally, what made Littlefield certain of allegory that is Oz, was the fact that the second Oz was based on feminism and the suffragette movement. (Taylor)

Where is the symbolism in Oz? Let’s take a look into The Wonderful Wizard of Oz! To begin, Dorothy is said to represent the values of American people. Toto, the one to pull away the curtain from Oz, is said to represent average American. Uncle Henry represents Henry Cantwell Wallace, a known farmer, and editor for a living farm magazine in the late 1800’s. He was called Uncle Henry by most. The cyclone that sucks up Dorothy and transports her to Oz symbolizes the Free Silver Movement. The Munchkins represent the common people or ordinary American citizen. The Lollypop Guild represents child labor. Most of you aren’t aware that Dorothy’s magical slippers were not written as ruby; they were actually written to be silver, representing the monetary and political issues of the time. The Yellow Brick Road was more than just a path to get to the Emerald City, it represents the gold standard. Were you aware that Oz is actually an abbreviation for Gold? The Tin Woodsman that joins Dorothy’s journey represents the industrial workers, who often experienced dehumanization. The Scarecrow, another one of Dorothy’s friends, represents the Western framers. The Cowardly Lion was represented as William Jennings Bryan, who ran for office in the late 1800’s.Bryan was often viewed as having “plenty of bark but no power to bite”. Remember the two Wicked Witches? The Wicked Witch of the East represents eastern business, while the Wicked Witch of the West represented WIlliam McKinley who defeated Bryan during the time of the free silver movement. Glinda the Good represents northern workers and southern farmers. In the WIzard of Oz, Dorothy meets the Wicked Witch and sets the Flying Monkeys free. The Flying Monkeys are said to...

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