It's been a long time since I read the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but Wikipedia confirms my memory of events.
When the four protagonists appear individually before the Wizard, he has a different appearance for each of them:
- The Scarecrow sees a beautiful woman
- The Tin Woodsman sees a monster
- The Cowardly Lion sees a ball of fire
But these are all jumbled. It was the Scarecrow who was afraid of fire, the Woodsman who could not love, and the Lion who was afraid of monsters.
Was there a purpose to this? Was it meant to imply that the Wizard was an idiot? Some other symbolism that I just didn't see?