For many years western farmers had been in a state of loud, though unsuccessful, revolt while l frank baum (author of the wonderful wizard of oz) was living in south dakota not only was the frontier a thing of the past, but the romantic view of benign nature had disappeared as well. As explained by henry m littlefield (the wizard of oz: parable on populism, american quarterly, spring 1962), baum's book was much more than just a whimsical children's fantasy it was also a sly allegory of the 19th century populist movement. Henry m littlefield mount vernon high school, n y the wizard of oz: parable on populism on the deserts of north africa in 1941 two tough australian brigades went to battle singing. By henry m littlefield l frank baum's series of 14 oz books, from the wonderful wizard of oz in 1900 to the posthumous publication of glinda of oz in 1920, was phenomenally successful. The wizard of oz as a masonic parable w bro craig maurier's research into the esoteric aspects of freemasonry has led him to create a number of lectures on various topics, including colodi's pinnochio , the meaning of the chapter ritual, and other subjects.
The wizard of oz a political parable a look at the characters at the time l frank baum wrote (1900) indicates many parallels between the novel and the issues of the day--at least according to a 1964 interpretation by henry m littlefield, a mount vernon, ny, high school teacher. Hugh rockoff, who has analyzed littlefield's theories on the wizard of oz as a political allegory, has stated that the wicked witch of the east symbolizes grover cleveland a better-supported theory is that she represents the banker boss. Is the wizard of oz a musical fantasy or a parable on populism unmasking the wizard of oz the wizard of oz has been used for years in many political cartoons people find various symbolic meanings and they can adapt the story to current events.
The wizard of oz parables design by dóri sirály for prezi moles as miners many characters in the wizard of oz represent the populist ideas in the 1890s. Read the wizard of oz: parable on populism free essay and over 88,000 other research documents the wizard of oz: parable on populism by henry m littlefield on the deserts of north africa in 1941 two tough australian brigades went into battle singing. Wizard of oz (populism allegory) 1 theory:l frank baum‟s the wonderfulwizard of oz is primarily aparable about the last decade ofthe 19th century. The wizard of oz and populism essays since 1964 the story as well as the movie known as the wizard of oz has lost much of its innocence prior to 1964 the wizard of oz was a tale of innocence that adults and children alike enjoyed.
In the novel and the movie the wizard of oz, there has been many opinions brought about that are controversial on whether or not frank baum meant to use the novel as a parable on the. This lesson is designed to show the symbolism between populism of the 1890's and the story of [the wizard of oz] objectives the student knows the causes of the industrial revolution and its economic, political, and cultural effects on american society. The fearsome wizard of oz was a fraud who was exposed by an animal i was wondering if there are similarities with the so called prodigal son parable of jesus both the prodigal son and dorothy go searching for fulfillment outside there place of origin but come to realize that everything was right where they started.
The wonderful wizard of oz is clearly neither a pro-populist parable nor an anti-populist parable strictly speaking, it is not a parable at all if parable is defined as a story with a didactic. Wizard of oz political allegory essay - part 2 therefore, this shows how the wizard of oz proves to be a political parable in the text, dorothy is a young girl. The wizard of oz: parable on populism author(s): henry m littlefield source: american quarterly, vol 16, no 1, (spring, 1964), pp 47-58. Wizard of oz bibliography  the book the wonderful wizard of oz (1900) and its film adaptation the wizard of oz (1939) quickly became a foundational element in american popular culture with countless idiomatic allusions, cultural references, and pervasive merchandizing.
The wizard of oz as a parable on populism, part 1 posted on april 5, 2014 by dead man several years ago i had an extended piece on this website about the various interpretations of the wizard of oz and i'll be revisiting those topics throughout the year (and beyond. I made a thing for one of my history classes i thought it turned out pretty good i know the words move a little fast sorry about that music from. The historian's wizard of oz synthesizes four decades of scholarly interpretations of l frank baum's classic children's novel as an allegory of the gilded age political economy and a comment on the gold standard. The wonderful wizard of oz is clearly neither a pro-populist parable nor an anti-populist parable strictly speaking, it is not a parable at all if parable is defined as a story with a didactic purpose.