Originally posted by rwingettThat's a very interesting take on a very popular story.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, written in 1900, is thought by some to be a parable for the Populist campaign of William Jennings Bryan, who ran for president on the 'Free Silver' platform (first in 1896) - vowing to replace the gold standard with a bimetallic system that would allow for currency to be backed by silver as well as gold at the rate of 16 o ...[text shortened]... seemingly simple tale possibly contains a nod to the Populist rabble rousing of the 1890s?
Originally posted by johnnylongwoodyFrom what I've read, the theory has fallen out of favor in recent years. It seems probable that Baum did intend some kind of subtle political parable, but there seem to be various interpretations over what that may have been.
That's a very interesting take on a very popular story.
I would never have thought about linking up that story
with the free silver theory.
So do you reckon so?
There are probably other stories out there with an Owellian take.
That is a story written like a fairy tale, but attempting to represent
something else that is going on in society.
Stories like Animal Farm or A Clockwork Orange.
Originally posted by rwingettA Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess.
From what I've read, the theory has fallen out of favor in recent years. It seems probable that Baum did intend some kind of subtle political parable, but there seem to be various interpretations over what that may have been.
Books like Animal Farm were a little more overt in their symbolism, and I haven't read Clockwork Orange.
Originally posted by rwingettIsn't that the same road? How does the road both symbolize the gold standard and useless greenback money with no value?
• The Yellow Brick Road represents the gold standard.
• Following the road of gold leads eventually only to the Emerald City, which may symbolize the fraudulent world of greenback paper money that only pretends to have value.
Originally posted by sh76I'm not really sure. I'm only quoting from one of the websites I visited.
So why does the gold standard lead to paper money?