Political Interpretation of "The Wizard Of Oz" Rachel Muer

Dorothy

Dorothy

To some people, Dorothy represented American values. Others say she was to represent President Theodore Roosevelt. They thought this because the similar name structure.

Theodore Roosevelt

Scarecrow

Scarecrow

The Scarecrow represents the farmers in the west. The scarecrow did not have a brain, but was the best problem solver in the bunch.

Farmers in the West

Tin Man

Tin Man

The Tin Man symbolized the industrial workers who were being degraded. Many businesses fell during this depression leaving the workers feeling hopeless, just like the Tin Man.

Industrial Workers

Cowardly Lion

Cowardly Lion

The Cowardly Lion represents Williams Jennings Bryan, who was a politician that was for the gold and silver debate. He was said to have great ideas, but never went through.

William Jennings Bryan

The Yellow Brick Road

Yellow Brick Road

The Yellow Brick Road is symbolic to gold. This is significant during this time because of the gold and silver debate.

Gold

Magical Silver Slippers

Silver Slippers

Although in the movie, Dorothy's Slippers were red they were sliver in the book. The silver represents the silver people were trying to get the government to involve.

Silver

Monkeys

Monkeys

The Monkeys are said to be in the movie to make fun of politicians. Others believe they represents the Native Americans. This is thought to because of their fate with land.

Native Americans

Toto

Toto

Toto, Dorothy's small dog, represents the American people.

American People

Cyclone

Cyclone

The tornado, or cyclone, represents the free silver movement. Debts were growing large and farmers were feeling the effects of deflation. Farmers wanted the dollar value to change to both gold and silver.

Farmers in Debt

Good Witch Glenda

Good Witch Glenda

Good Witch Glenda of the North was to represent all of the workers in the north.

Northern Workers

Emerald City

Emerald City

Emerald City represents Washington D.C., the Capitial of the United States.

Washington D.C

Munchkins

Munchkins

The Munchkins are said to symbolize ordinary United States citizens.

United States Citizens

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