Essay about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum was the first fairytale written in United States. Baum wrote TheWonderful Wizard of Oz during a time in history that was

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum was the first fairytale written in
United States. Baum wrote TheWonderful Wizard of Oz during a time in history that was not known for its social justices. The story focused on the many similarties between
Baum's characters and the United States during the 1800's. It is suggested that Baum concentrated on the episodes of the Populist movement and their representation, as well as the financial motives of the Silverites which were important to this era. Using allegory methods this story has depicted every type of rural life,
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Dorothy's silver shoes took on the image of the silver coinage. Supporters of the silver movement argued that it had flexibility and abundance for a long time, likewise Dorothy felt the silver shoes would not wear out. But because she failed to understand the ability of the shoes to carry her home to Kansas, she travels in a direction not practical. The wizard and his different faces he wore was symbolic of the corruption in politics, as well as the four main characters journey to the Emerald City being compared to the tramps and poor that traveled to ask the president for work in 1894 because dirty politicians had cost them their jobs.

The major figures in the story are personfied as a character from the late 1800's.
Dorothy was used to portray the innocent of the United States. The U.S. always had the chance to implement silver, but they were too simple to realize its power. Likewise
Dorothy owned the silver shoes but was too innocent to recognize their power to take her home. The wicked witch of the West was symbolic of the railroad barons, that tried to monopolize the railroad in order to have authority over the common workers and farmers. In the same way the wicked witch of the west made the muckins her slaves. The scarecrow impersonated the western farmer because he did not have a brain, he was considerate unable to reason ahead. Therefore he needed Dorothy's aid in traveling down the yellow brick road so did the
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