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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum has been interpreted various times in attempts todiscover its allegorical significance.One of the most prominent theoriesis that the characters and the plotare based on the state of America in the 1890's, regarding business, financial status, and monetary policy The Wizard of OzHistorical Significance The Wizard of Oz is about a girl named Dorothy who is swept away by a tornado to a strange land called Oz. She meets 3 friends that are in search of one thing each. A scarecrow looking for a brain, a tin man looking for a heart, and a lion looking for courage. They meet the Wizard of Oz, who tells them that he will grant them their desires as long as they kill the Wicked Witch of the. West. They learn more aboutthemselves on their journey and realize that they already possess these things, The late 1880's and early 1890's were a time of great upheaval for citizens of the United States. Disagreements over which monetary policy to adopt was a deciding factor in the decade's election, and struggles increased for farmers while businesses owners saw great wealth by establishing monopolies. It is believed by some scholars that the yellow brick road represents the gold standard, while each of the characters in the book represent the biggest people of the time period. The Scarecrow is believed to represent struggling American farmers, the Tinman is said to represent industrialworkers, while the Cowardly Lion represents William Jennings Bryan, who was the country's greatest advocate for adopting the Gold Standard
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