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October 14, 2009 Review: East v. West – Why the conflict? Farmers and the Populist Movement The Wizard of Oz Wicked Witch of the East – represents bankers; is killed by Dorothy’s house, releasing the farmers from debt. She also creates the Tin Man’s problem of dehumanizing labor. Dorothy = Miss Everyman. The shoes in the book are silver not ruby. She walks with silver shoes on a golden road, never fully understanding what the currency controversy is about Scarecrow – represents farmers with great feelings of inferiority that turn out to be unfounded Tin Man – dehumanized laborer – all of his limbs are replaced by tin, until he resembles a machine Lion – represents William Jennings Bryan, Democratic leader of the populist position on the silver standard. The lion tries to scratch the tin man (Labor) but can make no impression on him. Wicked Witch of the West – represents the destructive forces of nature which make the farmers fail; she is easily vanquished by the simplest
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