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Who wrote the Oz books? What was Dorothy's last name? Can you really see a man hanging himself in the movie? These and many, many other questions are answered here, in an extremely comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about The Wizard of Oz—and their answers as well. If you have an Oz question, this is the place to look first!
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Far and away, this is the most frequently asked question I get from those who view this page: Is there a man (or Munchkin) hanging himself in the background in The Movie? In fact, I got so sick and tired of answering this question that I wrote my FAQ and set up this website mostly so I wouldn't have to explain it all the time! Yet even though the answer is readily available here on my website, people continue to ask me. Many were the days when I had more than one note asking me about this in my e-mail inbox. Well, to satisfy all of you who have sought out this website just to ask me this question, this link to the question and answer in my FAQ should make the answer clear. For other points of view, you can check out any of the links listed below.
Since I feel that these links adequately answer the question, any questions I receive pertaining to this topic will no longer be answered.
Now that the issue of the hanging man has been dealt with, this is the next biggest question I get asked about: What is the meaning behind The Wizard of Oz? Is it a fantasy quest where the goal is to get out of the fantasy? Is it a search for courage, intelligence, and passion, or a search for the true self? Is it the story of fraudulent politics in a media age, or a coming of age story where a girl finds her real power in her shoes? Is it the story of incomplete men in a post-feminist age, or a quest for home, for wholeness, for magic—things we already have but just don't see? The most gripping answer, which most people seem to have heard about, seems to be that Baum wrote it as some sort of political manifesto—except no one can agree as to which turn-of-the-century politics the story is talking about! The answers, such as they are, are here in this website, but below are some additional links.
Any questions I now receive dealing with this topic will not be answered.
And in case you were wondering about the above cartoon, it's considered to be the very first cartoon to use the characters from The Movie in a political context. The Tin Woodman is France, the Cowardly Lion is Great Britain, the Scarecrow is Poland, Dorothy is European Civilization, the Wicked Witch is Adolf Hitler, and the Winged Monkey is Benito Mussolini. The Monkey is saying, "Hey, Boss—Maybe that lion isn't so cowardly!"
The long list of interpretive questions above is taken from an episode of the radio show Connections, copyright © 1998 WBUR, Boston, Massachusetts.