The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Project by Alberte jensen

The Wizard of oz: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is an old story. The story is a metaphor of the political, economic, and social events of America in the 1890s.

In the book, the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Dorothy all saw the Wizard quite differently.

It is thought that the Wizard of Oz represents Mark Hanna, who was the Republican party's chairman, or perhaps president of the United States.

The Yellow Brick Road represents the gold standard, and the silver slippers (ruby in the 1939 film version) represent the Silverite sixteen to one silver ratio (dancing down the road).

The Scarecrow as a representation of American farmers and their troubles in the late 19th century

Scarecrow: "Pardon me, this way is a very nice way." Dorothy: "Don't be silly, Toto"

The Tin Man representing the industrial workers, especially those of American steel industries

The Cowardly Lion as a metaphor for William Jennings Bryan

Dorothy represents American values or people. She proves to be loyal, resourceful and determined.

The Winged Monkeys could represent another western danger

Toto: a small dog that seems to go unnoticed, it is Toto who reveals what a fraud the Wizard is. It is thought that Toto also represents average Americans.

Silver Slippers: In the novel, Dorothy’s slippers are silver and not ruby. Silver is related to the monetary political issues of the time where farmers want to have the dollar’s value to have fixed ratios for both silver and gold. Another speculation is that the silver slippers are a representation of the power to vote.

Wicked Witch of the West and East: The Wicked Witch of the East represents eastern business and the Wicked Witch of the West represents the politician William McKinley who defeated Williams Jennings Bryant during the time of the free silver silver movement.

Emerald City: the Emerald Palace is believed to represent the White House and the Emerald City to represent Washington D.C.

Uncle Henry: Henry Cantwell Wallace was a well known farmer and editor for a leading farm magazine in the late 1800s. He was called Uncle Henry by most everyone.

If "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" has a hidden message, what about the war?

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