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  •  Nothing so benign as Oz, I'm afraid (1+ / 0-)
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    •  But not all of Oz was benign (1+ / 0-)
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      Think of the forest, the evil monkeys, the wicked witch, and her guards.  I'm pretty sure some of those could be metaphors for current events.

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      by mataliandy on Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 06:34:01 PM PDT

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      •  I was thinking Maximum Security (3+ / 0-)
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        as in OZ Prison

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        "Examining unexamined beliefs America accepts on faith value"

        by 8ackgr0und N015e on Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 06:38:21 PM PDT

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      •  Sorry (2+ / 0-)
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        I just finished reading 'Wicked'. The monkeys were becoming Monkeys, albieit unsuccessfully. The witch was a bit of an ecoterrorist, so of course, the unelected 'Wizard' wanted to silence her. Dorothy was just a dumb hick (Hey, "What's the Matter With Kansas?")

      •  L. Frank Baum was familiar with politics (1+ / 0-)
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        And the use of Oz as metaphor has been used many, many times. In addition to Wicked, there is also Was by Geoff Ryman, another dark contemporary book. Baum always insisted his books were just kids' stories, but there were explicit references to Populists of the day in the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He was up on politics of the time, having been an (IIRC unsuccessful) political editor, and may have pulled a large chunk of his initial cast from contemporary characterizations. The later books are much less political and concentrate on development of existing Oz characters, but in my opinion one of the best things about them was his ability to insert (apolitical) skepticism about motivation into a very benign and optimistic writing style for developing minds. </way off-topic>

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