L. Frank Baum wanted to create a new and original fairy tale that had all the magic and meaning of traditional fairy tales. Expecting this 100+ year-old children’s book to be a childish product of its time, I was surprised that it really does hold up as the classic it is, with descriptive language and clever dialog that is suitable for its young audience but does not talk down to them. It’s full of fantasy and magical creatures, but it’s a genuine and well-constructed quest.
This is probably the best book of the first 20th century for fiction books and L.Frank Baum did a very good job on his OZ series, except that he couldn’t continue from the fourteenth book because he died.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a well written book and it is more of a fantasy that we always want – magic.
Did you know that the Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a great big symbolism? L.Frank Baum wrote these Oz series to criticize USA’s Gold Standard System. That’s why the road to Emerald City is gold and the Emerald City is Emerald representing Money. The scarecrow is representing the peasants , tin woodman representing the bankers that were against the peasants and the lion is representing the politician William Jennings Bryan who was considered a pacifist because he went against USA entering the WW1.
So the story starts by everything failing. Dorothy fails in going back to home and the scarecrow and the tin woodman fails to achieve their wishes – because the Wizard OZ was a fake wizard. The funny thing is the silver shoe that makes Dorothy go back home and this represents the change of Gold standard system to Silver standard system.
It is quite funny that there is this great big symbolism in a fiction book for children. It is a great book for anyone actually and especially for adults because their imagination is less than children.