The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz By L. Frank Essay example

1016 Words Oct 13th, 2016 5 Pages
In the popular children’s book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, written by L. Frank Baum, populism can be seen more often than not. Baum cleverly displays this through all of his characters. Each is symbolic to his everyday life, as well as to other common people’s lives that have had similar experiences, or can relate in any way to the author. For instance, Dorothy represents an adolescent’s innocence, Toto represents virtuousness, the Scarecrow represents the hard working farmers, the Tinman represents the hard working laborers, and the Lion represents the politicians (Littlefield, 57). From beginning to end, Baum takes Dorothy on a ride through a land of populism. First, Dorothy is a very unique character. In Kansas she is a bubbly, young girl and an enigma to her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. They do not understand why she is always so happy, even under such miserable circumstances (Baum, 11-13). It is appropriate to say that Dorothy lives in bliss, despite the situation surrounding her and her family each and every day. Unlike the adults, the child seemingly does not see the world’s gloom, and if she does, she does not let it bring her down. That is when her dog, Toto, comes in. As described, he is “a little black dog, with long silky hair and small black eyes that twinkled merrily” (Baum, 11-13). Toto is Dorothy’s happiness and keeps her, in a way, young and innocent. Throughout the story, the child meets all sorts of different people and creatures, some of which tag along…

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