What did the Tin Woodsman and the Lion get from the wizard?

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blacksheepunite eNotes educator| Certified Educator

They got their hearts' desire. Yes, granted, they both already had what they each thought they lacked. Neither of them knew that before the journey to Oz, though. It may have been that the journey taught each of them a way to find what they needed (the lion found his inner strength and the tin man found compassion). By the end of the journey, however, the readers know this but the characters (who still see themselves as the people they were at the beginning) do not. They need an external voice to affirm it. It is important that the wizard is no all powerful being, because it shows the lion, the tin man, and the readers that no one can give us qualities that we don't already have. All anyone can ever do for us is recognize that which is already within us and, if necessary, point out the obvious in a very very loud voice.

Jamie Wheeler eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Just to clarify the previous (correct) answer a little bit. The Woodsman has come seeking a heart; he hopes to be able to "feel" as others feel. The Lion wants a brain. He feels he is stupid but his bravery makes him valuable to Dorothy and her companions. Intellectual learning, Baum seems to be saying, is highly overrated.

bmadnick eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Wizard gives them false charms because he knows the lion is already courageous, and the scarecrow is already smart. It is after this that Dorothy and her friends discover that the Wizard is just a man and not a real wizard at all.

nishasram | Student

nothing(duhh) read it

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