Political Interpretation of "The Wizard Of Oz"Rachel Muer
To some people, Dorothy represented American values. Others say she was to represent President Theodore Roosevelt. They thought this because the similar name structure.
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
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.
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.
Magical 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.
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.
Toto, Dorothy's small dog, represents the American people.
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.
Emerald City represents Washington D.C., the Capitial of the United States.
The Munchkins are said to symbolize ordinary United States citizens.