“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was a great read. This excellent allegory took “follow the yellow brick road” to an entire new level. The character I chose to analyze is The Wicked Witch of the West. In “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” the Wicked Witch of the West represented segregation in the South. During the time this book was written, segregation had be the usual in the South.
This book was written in 1900. During the early 1900s, slavery had of course been abolished, and blacks were considered “separate but equal”. Racism had played a great role within segregation of African Americans in the South. The South had numerous laws to dehumanize blacks. The legislature had created many laws for blacks to basically live in an entire different world from whites. Laws such as segregated telephone booths and separate black and white entrances were passed. The legislature tried to pass every law they could to keep blacks and white separate. The KKK was in full affect at this time and were strong supporters of segregation. The Jim Crow Laws enforced racial segregation and discrimination n the south. Segregation was a wicked thing that African Americans had to endure for years to come.
The Wicked Witch of the West gets killed in the book which used to confuse me. Segregation has been present and didn't become unlawful until the mid 1960's. But I kept in mind that Dorothy depicted the United States of America during the Reconstruction Period. The author was probably attempted to send a message across when Dorthy/the twister killed The Wicked Witch of the South. The message could have been that the United States should have gathered up strength and kill the small stuff such as segregation and focus more on what needed to be fixed. America should've focused more on America's Industrial Revolution, Eastern Financial Interests, Imperialism, or the Silver and Gold Movements.
“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was a great read. This excellent allegory took “follow the...
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