“Dorothy, a sort of proverbial ‘Everywoman’, lands on the Wicked Witch of the East (the East-coast bankers), killing her, so freeing the Munchkins, the down-trodden poor, but the Wicked Witch of the West (the West-coast bankers) remains loose.”
In the story below, Britain’s “Money Reform Party” tells us the fascinating story behind The Wizard of Oz, first written as a book in 1900 following a disastrous world-wide depression during the 1890s.
All the characters represent different players, from the bankers, to the poor, to farmers, workers and politicians. Even the Yellow Brick Road has its significance, as did Dorothy’s magic shoes, although not in the famous 1939 film starring Judy Garland.
In the section “Still a pertinent message” we are told that “Its true message has been lost to the mists of time and the demands of Hollywood, but its message is no less pertinent now than when it was written.”
This is absolutely fascinating reading, particularly for those many people, like myself, who so much enjoyed the film without ever knowing the story behind it and what it all represents.
Read and enjoy!
Read the article here.