Some Interpretations of

W.W. Denslow's depiction of Dorothy & friends
MGM's depiction of Dorothy & friends

Most Oz fans would probably agree that L.Frank Baum's book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900, and MGM's 1939 production of The Wizard of Oz represent, respectively, one of the best examples of children's literature and one of the most beloved movies of all time. However, since their conception, much theory and criticism has evolved surrounding both of these works. This page is intended to expand your knowledge of what might come to mind when you think of The Wizard of Oz. My goal is to expose you to other individual's interpretations and to help you gain more insight into the incredible World of Oz.

Some of the information that follows is the result of certain individual's scholarly research, while some of it is nothing more than just plain, old "opinion". In all cases, however, I am citing the source of the information. The reason for doing this is twofold. First, of course, is to give credit to those individuals who conducted the research or formulated the idea. Second, is to allow you the opportunity to obtain these sources if you would like to learn more.

As I stated earlier, much has been written about The Wizard of Oz over the years. Therefore, I am only commenting briefly on a few of the interpretations that I came across. In my opinion, these are the ones which I consider to be the most interesting. In addition, I am including a bibliography at the end of this page containing more sources for you to check out.

Do you have a personal theory, criticism, interpretation or anecdote about The Wizard of Oz? If so, I would love to hear about it. Please send me email.

Parable on Populism:

The Wizard of Oz in American Popular Culture:

Analogy between the Yellow Brick Road and the Information Superhighway:

The Wizard of Oz as a Secular Myth:

Salman Rushdie's Theories of Oz:

The Wizard of Oz as a Theosophical Allegory:

The Wizard of Oz as a Banned/Censored Book:

For more information regarding The Wizard of Oz, you may want to consult one of the following sources. Some of these may be available from your local public/academic library. If not, you may be able to obtain them through interlibrary loan. In any case, I hope you enjoy learning more about the World of Oz.


Journal Articles:

Master's Theses:

Doctoral Dissertations:




Jim's "Wizard of Oz" Website Directory


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