L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Secrets Behind the Story

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Everyone will remember the story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; lovely Dorothy gets swept away by a terrible tornado, lands in a town full of little munchkins, marches down a yellow brick road and meets a scarecrow, a tin man, and lion, is almost killed by a wicked witch, then finally makes her way back to Kansas by clicking her hills three times saying, “I wish I were home”. But is that really the entire story? Shouldn’t there be more? Well, to answer that question, there is more to this story. It’s not just about a girl from Kansas getting swept away by a tornado to the wonderful Land of Oz. L. Frank Baum painted a beautiful picture of life and politics in America during the late 1800s. Being a political man himself, it was right and just for him to include this in this timeless classic. Each person in the novel represents someone or something during this time in American history. Each of the main characters and places will be discussed, Kansas, Dorothy, Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, the Companions, and the Wizard Baum, himself, was a vastly interesting fellow. He grew up with a fascination of fairy tales, like most kids today. His father was a rich oilman, and did not like Baum’s interest in fairy tales, so he sent him to military school. This only made Baum worst, and they arranged to have him sent home due to his unstable health conditions. When he returned home, he found in writing and began to publish is own paper entitled The Rose Lawn Home Journal. Baum enjoyed it so much, that he began writing in several different newspapers and magazines. As he grew up, he became a political writer for the Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer newspaper in North Dakota. This is where Baum got the majority of his idea to write the Oz Series, since N... ... middle of paper ... ...008. Web. 24. March. 2014. “The Events of The West: 1880-1890”. PBS. West Film Project and WETA Credits, 2001. Web. 26 Mar. 2014. “The Free Silver Movement”. The Gold Standard Now. n.p. 2014. Web. 26 Mar. 2014. Geer, John G., and Thomas R. Rochon. "William Jennings Bryan on the Yellow Brick Road." Journal of American Culture 16.4 (Winter 1993): 59-64. Literature Resource Center. Web. 28 Mar. 2014. McGovern, Linda. “L Frank Baum – The Man Behind The Curtain”. Literary Traveler. n.p. 1999. Web. 25 Mar. 2014. Ritter, Gretchen. “Silver Slippers and a Golden Cap: L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Historical Memory in American Politics”. Journal of American Studies 31.2. (1997): 171-202. JSTRO. Web. 26 Mar. 2014. Taylor, Quentin P. “Money and Politics in the Land of Oz”. Independent Review 9.3. (2005): 413. General OneFile. Web. 23 Mar. 2014.

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