The Wizard of OZ, an allegory
Mrs. C is a
really big fan of “The Wizard of Oz.” There is a wall in one half of my man
cave that I allow her to display her 20 different “Wizard of Oz” plates framing
a poster of Dorothy and her three friends on the yellow brick road.
I like the
movie, so I allow the display.
one station broadcast this movie in a loop all day long and Mrs. C stayed glued
to that channel. It reminded me of a visitor
a few years back who had to explain the real meaning of the movie to us.
This sort of
friend, then acquaintance and now stranger was invited to dinner one night as
he was alone and Mrs. C has a way of taking in the lonely from time to time, a
way which I have tried unsuccessfully to divert.
showing this person our home he had to comment on the “Wizard of Oz” wall.
of course, that the movie was really an allegory on the corruption of capitalism
and the benefits of communism don’t you?”
He went on
to explain how every part of the movie, the Capitalist bad witches, the Communist
good witches, the false god of following the yellow brick road (gold you know) and
the Wizard who represented Blah…Blah…Blah.
Everything had some inner meaning of battling economic ideals.
thought it was just some sweet movie of a little girl saving her dog from a
nasty old crone.
There is a locker room saying, “some people could even ruin a wet dream.” Not a very proper or descriptively pretty saying,
but it does make a point.
could sure ruin a good movie.
done some research on the allegory of “The Wizard of Oz” and found several
slippers (They were silver in the original book, changed to ruby for the color in the movie)and yellow brick road represented some economic issues of the time the
story was written. There is the capitalism/communism
interpretation, there is a farmer vs industrialization with the scarecrow representing
the farmer, the tin man industry and the cowardly lion Williams Jennings Bryant. Apparently some smart people can find a way to make this movie about anything they find to be important.
Seems to me that if a story is interpreted multiple ways, it is either a lousy allegory, or people are just looking for stuff that isn't there. An allegory shouldn't slap you in the face, but it should be subliminally understood in one specific way, or what is the point?
wondered with this or any story, does the author always have an underlying
theme? (I know, theme and allegory not exactly the same, but close enough for this post.)
In school, English literary
teachers always had the same question for every novel or play ever written, “What
was the authors theme to this story?”
Does a story
have to have a theme?
author really sit down and think,
story can I tell that will make people be nice to their neighbors and eat all
think so. I believe most authors think,
have an idea for a really good story!”
Anyway I did
learn in my Literary/English courses in school that the answer to “What was
the authors theme” was always,
inhumanity to man!”
I never really understood what that answer means, but it always got a “Very good” nod from my teachers.
So what is
the story of “The Wizard of Oz” really about?
really smart people can make it about almost anything.
It could be
another example of “Man’s inhumanity to man” or as Sigmund Freud once
responded about the sexual significance of a cigar in a dream,
cigar is just a cigar!”