The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz By Frank Baum

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Firstly, before examining about “Alice in Wonderland”, I would like to discuss about “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” which was the first American fairy tale, written by Frank Baum. Baum was very invested in the triumph posited by rationalistic notions of Manifest Destiny and the heroism of the Frontier. He wanted to have the children to be proud of the story of how the settlers were conquering the land of the natives at that time and constructing the uniquely American identity. This objective of establishing the ideal American citizens through this story was embodied by Dorothy and her companions. There, characteristics such as intelligent, empathetic and courageous were presented as ideal American traits and how Dorothy’s bravely…show more content…
Baum was outlining the parameters of his “America”, and a part of that included things like ideal Americans, deciding who belonged and who did not and who should be excluded as others. Like this story of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, most popular texts and forms of art tend to have some kind of relationship with the societies from which they stem. As well as reflecting the historical and cultural character of the society, they voice the author’s own beliefs about the society at that time. To move on, I would like to discuss about the Victorian period and the characteristics of the Victorian Literature to analyze Carolls’ intentions for writing the “Alice in Wonderland” during the Victorian era. One of the major characteristics of the Victorian Period is urbanization and industrialization due to the Industrial Revolution that initiated around 1760. Because of this atmosphere of industrialization, urbanization and also colonization, the gap between wealth and poverty widened a lot. Therefore, in Great Britain during the Victorian period the class structure became rigid and women and children from the weaker laboring class suffered a big deal from the severe labor while the upper class acted arrogantly and enjoyed a luxurious life. On the other hand, in the Victorian period, because of the upsurge of the religious movement called evangelism and permeation of people’s thinking about revising the society, there was an atmosphere to demand for strict morals
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