Everyone knows the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz, right? He was very strong and physically hard. He was also not very flexible and would rust up when he got wet. Okay so what does this mean? Wasn’t the Tin Man just a fictional character in a book later made into a movie? Well he and no. The Tin Man in the books, movies, and in this picture may just be a fictional character but there is real life tin men and women in our world. I bet you know some whether you know it or not.
See Tin Men and Tin Women are based on the characteristics of the famous character we all know. His physically strength can be viewed from two different angles. First one being that yes he is a physically strong person. That is awesome. The second being that he could be using his physical strength to hide flaws in which he does not want anyone else to see. I think we can all relate to that. We sometimes over-empthaize our strengths to hide our weaknesses and flaws. We forget that it is all of our strengths, weaknesses, flaws, and etc., that make us who we are.
Because the Tin Man was made of metal and was so hard and rigid he lack any real flexibility. His flexibility was mainly physical but I believe it represented the lack of flexibility in his mentality as well. In life one must learn to be flexible mentally and physically to maintain mental, emotional, and physical health. Being flexible in all sense of the word allows one to cope better with challenges that are presented to them.
Also the Tin Man would rust when he got wet or when he would cry. To me this would show an issue with emotions as I do recall he went to the wizard for a heart. I’m not going to go into much detail here but I believe everyone should strive to be courteous, kind, and respectful to everyone. We should strive to help each other succeed.
To some it all up and not be like the Tin Man we should be:
– Strong but not so strong that we hide who we are.
– Learn to be flexible but not at the cost of ourselves.
– Be kind, respectful, and helpful to others.
Master Jonathan Field