Wizard of Oz: An Allegory for the Populist Movement in the 1890’s American History 2010-11
Allegory • Mode of representation that conveys the meaning of a message through symbolic figures and actions. • Examples: • Grim Reaper = Death • X-men = racial minorities • Rabbit and turtle = speed and slow • Other examples
Follow the Yellow Brick Road • Yellow Brick Road – Gold Standard for the currency of the USA. Which in Baum’s opinion leads no where
No brains by society’s standards, but smarter then they are given credit for http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOKK8mAkiUI Scarecrow= the farmers
Cowardly Lion= William Jennings Bryan • Not a coward but a leader http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPP6L1_ooaQ&feature=related
No Heart: like a machine, incapable of love http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oq15Zy7sB4 Tin Man = industrialization
Silver exchange – slippers hold the power until the end, because silver was the exchange. Once back in Kansas they were gone, the new exchange was gold Dorothy’s slippers
Trying to be all things to all people http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWyCCJ6B2WE The Wizard - Politicians
Plains farmers having to deal with Native Americans, not bad people, but could be swayed by good and evil http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SESI19h4wDo&feature=related Winged Monkeys = plains Indians
Wicked Witch of the West = Nature Difficulties farmers face with nature, lack of water, too much water (kills) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz50_MWWKwg&feature=related Wicked witch of the East = bankers: had kept the little Munchkin people "in bondage for many years, making them slave for her night and day."
Could do everything well and were well educated Good Witch of the North = Northern businesses
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_CAs3q7G48&feature=related Munchkins = middle to lower class
Tornado = change of ideas • OZ = standard weight of gold
+ • Explain the movement of populism using the Wizard of Oz.