Moviereview the wizard of Oz
Althoughmany deny that the film The Wizard of Oz was a reflection ofthe American populist movement, I strongly believe that there is alot of symbolism both to the Gilead Age and Populist Movement. Thissymbolism is enhanced by the characters that are used in this movie.
TheTin Man: He is a representative of the industrial workers whoexperienced a lot of dehumanization problems during the Gilead age.The rusty nature of the Tin Man was a symbolism of how the factoryworkers felt when many businesses began to be shut down, thusresulting to massive job losses.
TheScarecrow: He was a representative of the farmers in the West.Despite his complaint of not having a brain, he was the best problemsolver among all the four travelers. He represented the problems thatthe farmers were going through during the 19th Century.
TheCowardly Lion: During the Gilead age there was a politician by thename William Jennings Bryan, who was a supporter of the free silvermovement. The Cowardly Lion represents this politician, as he wasviewed as tough speaking but was scared to act.
Dorothy:She represented the then U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt. This isbecause of the symbolism in their names (The-o-dore and Dor-o-thy).
TheYellow Brick Road: This was a representation of the road that leadsto power. This was a representation of the gold standard in thatgaining power was like amercing a lot of gold.
TheRuby Slippers: In the novel The Wonderful Wizard of OzDorothy’s slippers are made of silver and not ruby as suggested inthe movie. It is believed that the sliver slippers represented thepeople’s power to vote.
TheWizard: In the novel, the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Dorothy viewed thewizard quite differently. The Wizard represented Mark Hanna, who wasthe chairman of the Republican Party. This ill blood is symbolism ofhow politicians tend to have different views and ideologies.
TheGood Witch of the North: Was a representation of the northernworkers. These workers were very hard working but were not beingrewarded as they were supposed to.
TheWicked Witch of the East: A representation of the business that wasbeing conducted in the east. This was the business of bringing inslaves to work in the western farms.
TheWicked Witch of the West: This is a representation of WilliamMcKinley who defeated Williams Jennings during the times of the freesilver movement.
TheMelting Witch: Symbolized the end of the oppression era. This was theend of the era where workers were being subjected to harsh conditionsin their workplace.
TheHot Air Balloon: It was a representation of the political tensionduring the populist movement era. There was a lot of politicaltension during this era, and so the hot air balloon was a goodindicator of this issue.
Toto:This is a small dog in the movie that almost goes unnoticed. Totouncovers the Wizard by exposing him as a fraud. The dog representsthe life of the average American who are trustworthy, and thechallenges that he has to go through to live a better life.
TheMunchkins: These small people are said to represent the common peoplein the United States. People who are not linked to any politicalassociation but effortlessly work for the betterment of theircountry.
EmeraldCity: This city was a representation of Washington D.C. which is thecapital of the United States of America. The Amerland Palace was alsoa symbolic representative of the White house which is the officialoffice and house of the United States president.
Thewizard of Oz.Turner Entertainment Company, 2009.
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