Essay on A Moral Compass Of The Wizard Of Oz By L. Frank Baum
Dr. Jessica Murphy
English 603-HSE-VA 17
11 April, 2016
A moral compass
Morals teach us right from wrong as well as give us hope. They are found in all forms of entertainment: from articles, to magazines, to movies, to television shows and books. The novel Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, although originally meant as a training manual for horses, has a main message that comes directly from the main character’s attitude throughout the book. Even though, the children’s book The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum was meant to be purely for entertainment, it has a strong principle throughout the story. Both novels have important morals, the importance of always doing your best with what you are given in Black Beauty and needing to discover one’s own life path in The Wizard of Oz.
Black Beauty’s attitude throughout the novel reflects his determination to do his best no matter what. Black Beauty first develops this positive attitude after he receives advice from his mother where she tells him: “do your work with a good will, lift your feet up well when you trot, and never bite or kick even in play” (Sewell 4). Black Beauty takes this to heart especially when he has to leave his first home for Birtwick Park and his master tells him to always do his best (Sewell 15). At Birtwick Park, Black Beauty meets Ginger and Merrylegs. He is well treated by his groom John Manly and master Squire Gordon. One night, John wakes Black Beauty because they must ride for the doctor’s house…