Oz Parable on Populism

March 9, 2010
Parable on Populism
Dorothy represents the common man who encounters a real problem. She is not precious, instead she is good. She puts others before herself, a natural talent. Even though the Landof Oz appears to be more appealing and easy-going than life in Kansas, she still wants to go home. She symbolizes the innocent factor in the big issue on silver, yet she doesn’t comprehend the worth, power, and significance the silver holds. The character Dorothy proposes how the silver industry can have a person live in delusion. She never once is far from reality, but it takes her a while to figure out how to get back to reality.
Silver Shoes
The shoes represent the silver industry. It was portrayed as the road to success and money, but the delusion that attracted people could not be delegated as a political symbol. Instead the silver shoes generate delusion and create heartbreak. The silver shoes show the meaning of goodness and how it protects against evil. They possess ignorance of their capabilities to allow evil to enforce itself upon them. After all it was the silver slippers that allowed Dorothy to get home, back to her land of happiness. But the silver slippers were lost forever.
The Scarecrow
The scarecrow represents the people that William Allen White wrote about in his article in 1896. He said that people who farm and live in Kansas are filled with ignorance, irrationality, and general muded-headness. But, when the end came, the scarecrow was the one who is left to rule Oz, similar to the farmers who took control and ruled the West. His conduct on the journey through Oz is marked by common sense, spirit, and morality. He is not so dumb after all. As we learn near the end of the story, the Scarecrow-cum-farmer had brains all along-perhaps brains enough to grasp the true causes of his misery and the basics of economic policy. On the trek through the forest, where the road is in bad shape, the Scarecrow stumbles and...