Essay On Allegory In The Wizard Of Oz

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L. Frank Baum uses three main symbols that create an allegory and represents the political circumstances during the late 19th century. Baum did not intentionally do this, but as you read the novel you will see the connections throughout. During the final years of the 1800s, industrial cities, with all the problems brought on by rapid population growth and lack of infrastructure to support the growth, occupied a special place in U.S. history. For all the problems, the cities promoted a special bond between people and laid the foundation for the multiethnic, multicultural society that we cherish today. During the time of the Industrial Revolution many things affected the farmers, factory workers, and William Jennings Bryan. Three symbols stand out and create an allegory. The Scarecrow, The Lion, and the Tin Woodman represents three symbols that intertwine together to represent the political era during the 19th century. The first symbol in the The Wizard of Oz represents the Scarecrow. The Scarecrow hung on a post in a great big cornfield. The Scarecrow starts talking to Dorothy explaining how he wanted brains. At last Dorthy allowed the Scarecrow to join…show more content…
The Scarecrow shows a symbol because he represents the problems farmers faced, the Lion resembles the politician William Jennings Bryan, and the Tin Woodman resembles factory workers who got treated heartlessly. The three symbols mentioned intertwine together. As stated above, the Lion portrayed, William Jennings Bryan. William Jennings Bryan advocated free silver. Free silver helped the farmers, but upset the Factory Workers. Bryan always stuck with the farmers and tried to help the factory workers. In the book The Lion always stuck with the group and possessed courage. The Lion impressed and quickly became friends with the Scarecrow. On the contrary the Lion could not impress the Tin Woodman, not able to impress him just like the
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