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Orr 1 Suzanna E. Orr World Literature 2100 Mr. Matthew Thompson Wednesday, March 1, 2017 The Conference of the Birds Meets The Wizard of Oz The fascinating epic poem, The Conference of the Birds , was written by the Persian poet Farid Attar in approximately 1177. The Wizard of Oz , a world- famous children’s story and fairy tale, was written in 1900 by L. Frank Baum. Both of these works are celebrated in their respective genres. The poem, The Conference of the Birds, and the story, The Wizard of Oz , though written centuries apart, are similar in story, theme, technique, lesson, and characters. Both the poem, The Conference of the Birds, and the story, The Wizard of Oz tell of a journey by a group of people in search of a special being that will solve their problems. The Conference of the Birds involves a group of birds who set out on a journey in “search of the Simorgh” (Akbari, 372) the great bird who they hope will be their leader and friend. They are told of the Simorgh by the Hoopoe, their wise guide and leader. The birds all talk and act as humans. Their journey will be long, tiring, and filled with danger, warns their guide, the Hoopoe. They must travel through seven valleys in search of their goal. The birds encounter many dangers including fire, monsters, and not all of the birds complete the journey. Even though the birds journey is ultimately a success, they are at first denied an audience with the Simorgh. When they finally do meet the Simorgh, he is not at all what they expected. The birds find that the Simorgh is only a reflection of themselves.
Orr 2 The Wizard of Oz is the story of a girl named Dorothy, who is abandoned by a wild tornado in a strange land called Oz, and desperately wants to get back home. She is told by Glinda, a good witch, and the people of the land of Oz, that the Wizard of Oz will be able to help her get home. The Wizard is the one that rules the Land of Oz. Dorothy is warned that “it is a long journey, through a country that is sometimes pleasant and sometimes dark and terrible” (Baum, 23). Glinda kisses Dorothy on the forehead to give her protection during her travels.

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