Wizard Of Oz Literary Analysis

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The Wizard of Oz, written by L. Frank Baum in 1900, is a children’s novel revolving around a young girl’s journey through the Yellow Brick Road. The young girl, named Dorothy, arrives to the magical Land of Oz, after being caught in a tornado. The Land of Oz is where she meets the Tin-Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. Dorothy and her three new companions are in search for things that no one else in the Land of Oz can grant them, besides the Wizard of Oz himself. However, what they’re seeking for are attributes that are already found within them. L. Frank Baum portrays this idea near the end of the novel, when Dorothy and her friends realize they didn’t need the Wizard’s assistance after all. What one needs the most may usually be found …show more content…
A Modest Proposal, written by Jonathan Swift, is a satirical essay from 1729. In the essay, Swift describes the circumstances and the amount of Irish people throughout Great Britain living in poverty, along with the lack of assistance from the English. He writes about how the Irish’s situation could have improved if they were willing to sell their children (especially babies) as food for the people of wealth in Great Britain. Unlike in the Wizard of Oz, the Irish females in A Modest Proposal don’t experience self-realization. They have no confidence in themselves or want to improve their lifestyles whatsoever. “These mothers, instead of being able to work for their honest livelihood, are forced to employ all their time in strolling to beg sustenance for their helpless infants” (Swift). The women and children didn’t attempt to bring themselves out of poverty; it was a continuous cycle of begging. In the Wizard of Oz, even if the characters weren’t yet aware that what they sought was already within them, they still went with Dorothy to find the Wizard and attempted to get what they wanted. Every human, especially the Irish in this case, were capable of feeling motivation to make a better life for themselves, especially their children. A large majority didn’t attempt to better their conditions. Instead of realizing that they could change, they chose to stay in the conditions they were

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