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Abbigail Wright Dr. Katherine Orr College Writing II 12 September 2012 Envisioned Fairy Tale of American Life: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz The novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz , is a world famous story of Dorothy’s journey over the rainbow. Along her expedition, Dorothy encounters and makes friends, and marches through rich lands that are symbolic to the populist form of government. Each aspect of the story is relatable to American government in some manner. The role of government in the novel is provided by the characters themselves, as well as symbolic settings created by the author and his perception of government practices. The author, L. Frank Baum, was born May 15, 1856 in Chittenango, New York, but was known for moving from place to place over his life span. Baum first worked in his family’s oil industry, which some say has significance to the Tin Woodsman in the story. However, he went through many jobs across the United States between 1882 and his death in 1919. Baum’s career failed constantly which forced him to move the family in search of new careers. He and his wife, Maud Gage, had four children together. While living in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Baum first began his writing career. He edited a local newspaper, The Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer , and wrote a column, Our Landlady . It is rumored that his column dealt with the political uproars going on at this time, but he focused most of these facts in his best-selling children’s book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz . This book was written for his children and considered an “…envisioned fairy tale of American life at this time – scarecrows, things made of tin, carnival balloonists, and sharpsters” (Major Authors and Illustrators 329). His book also included European traditions,
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such as castles, lions, and witches. Although many believe he used government views throughout the novel, Baum denied any relation whatsoever - he even stated that the book “…was written solely to pleasure children of today” (Baum XX). Throughout the novel, there are references to government within the time period that Baum was writing. During the late 1800’s, the American Economy endeavored some struggles. There were conflicts between groups over whether to return gold, which went off economy enterprising during the Civil War. With trade becoming popular, silver took over as the U.S standard, seeing as there was more silver to go around than gold. During the Presidential Election of 1900, William McKinley fought for the gold standard to reappear while William Jennings Bryan supported silver. However, Bryan was not the only supporter of silver. A political group known as the “Silverites believed that silver should be used as a monetary standard in the U.S” (Major Authors and Illustrators 324). Also during this time period,
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