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Meg Murray as a Symbol in “A Wrinkle in Time”

Meg Murray as a Symbol in “A Wrinkle in Time”

-Find “A Wrinkle in Time” on Amazon Meg Murray as a Symbol Madeline L’engle’s quintessential science-fiction fantasy novel A Wrinkle in Time isn’t what one would call an allegory in the strictest sense. Still, there are many symbols in A Wrinkle in Time, both philosophical and metaphysical, which is what makes it such a special book. Meg as the Angst of Adolescence The novel’s protagonist, Margaret Murray, is a fourteen-year-old high school student. She’s overly concerned about her looks, incessantly self-critical, and has a ton of angst about her inability to fit in with the other kids at school. If that sounds familiar it’s because Margaret Murray is a symbolic […]

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Antony and Cleopatra By William Shakespeare

Antony and Cleopatra By William Shakespeare

Find “Antony and Cleopatra” on Amazon Antony and Cleopatra as Symbols The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra, by William Shakespeare is usually portrayed as a “lover’s suicide.” Cleopatra is often pinpointed as a seducer, and her political savvy is unaccounted for.  In Act V, Scene ii a speech recited by Cleopatra lends itself to question whether her life begotten was a suicide, or a sacrifice. After Proculeius, one of Caesars officers attempts to stab Cleopatra in order to gain control of the Empire she is infuriated and uses every ounce of her language to get her point across that she will die by her own will. The metaphorical comparisons and […]

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Yellow Brick Road-The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Yellow Brick Road-The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Find The Wizard of Oz Online While the Yellow Brick Road is easily one of the most lasting and recognizable images from L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, it may come as a shock to learn that it’s never referred to by that name in the original book. Still, the so-called Yellow Brick Road is one of the novel’s most important objects, which also makes it one of its richest symbols. At the time Baum was writing Wizard of Oz, the American political landscape was fraught with a currency debate involving the Populists’ quest for the ability to freely mint silver at a 16 to 1 […]

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Silver Shoes from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Silver Shoes from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Find The Wizard of Oz Online Many children not only know, but have grown up with the timeless classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Published in 1900 and written by L. Frank Baum, the novel is arguably one of the most beloved fairy tales of all time. What’s interesting, however, is that it’s also a thinly-veiled political satire, in which just about every significant object, event, or character represents something that was happening in the real world at the time the novel was written. Specifically, Baum was heavily believed to have been writing about the Populist currency debate that was more or less dominating the political landscape at the time. […]

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Cowardly Lion-The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Cowardly Lion-The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Find The Wizard of Oz Online The Cowardly Lion from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Out of all the characters in L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the oxymoronic Cowardly Lion is perhaps the most memorable. Of course, on the surface, the Lion functions as a relatively comical character, right at home with the flying monkeys and wicked witches of Oz. If one peeks a little deeper, though, it’s easy to see that Baum gave the Cowardly Lion meaning in an important way. There are many Cowardly Lion interpretations at which one might arrive after reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but the most widely […]

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Cyclone from “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” By Frank L. Baum

Cyclone from “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” By Frank L. Baum

Find The Wizard of Oz Online Perhaps one of the most lasting and iconic images from L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (in addition to the Broadway musical and 1939 film adaptation) is the cyclone. Appearing shortly after the story’s beginning, it plucks Dorothy and her entire home right out of their drab Kansas setting, before depositing them in the colorful land of Oz. The Iconic “Winds of Change” The specific phrase “winds of change” has an origin that’s historically tough to pin down. Regardless, wind has long been interpreted as a symbol of change, and this idea plays a central role when considering what gives […]

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Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz

Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz

Find The Wizard of Oz Online Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz When L. Frank Baum wrote his famous novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, he was expertly accomplishing two things: he was writing a story for children and writing a thoroughly-coded political allegory at the very same time. With this in mind, it’s easy to see how Baum gave the Scarecrow meaning by representing him as a stand-in for the American farmers and agricultural workers at the time. When Baum wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the American political landscape was dominated by the Populist party and the currency reform that they so ardently sought. When Dorothy and her […]

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