Many have said that when L. Frank Baum first conceived the story, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," a child asked him what the name of his marvelous fairyland was. His eye happened to catch sight of his filing cabinet, which read "O-Z".This story, published in 1900, chronicles a young girl's adventure in the Land of Oz. Over the years, many, including political scholars, have suggested that the story is an allegory for the political, economic and social events of America during the late 1800s. Most point to both Baum and his illustrator W.W. Denslow's active involvement in politics.In this formulation, Dorothy serves as a metaphor for the common man. Her trials and tribulations are lessons in the power of self-confidence and positive thinking. Lions, Tigers and Bears ... oh my Fear grips most of us daily. The Dorothy inside us struggles with insecurities and self-imposed limitations – the lions, tigers and bears that lie hidden along our own yellow brick roads. They emer...
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