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Wicked: The Life & Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. By: Gregory Maguire. Table of Contents. The author The book Characters Themes The play “ For the Witch, the sky was a huge boulder pressing down on her. For Glinda it was much the same.

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table of contents
Table of Contents
  • The author
  • The book
  • Characters
  • Themes
  • The play“For the Witch, the sky was a huge boulder pressing down on her. For Glinda it was much the same.

But Glinda wheeled about, and cried out, ‘Oh, Elphie!’The Witch did not turn.

They never saw each other again.”

gregory maguire
Gregory Maguire
  • Children’s books
            • Leaping Beauty: And Other Animal Fairy Tales
            • The Hamlet Chronicles
  • Adult novels
  • Many of his adult novels are retellings of classic children\'s stories
            • Wicked
            • Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
            • Mirror, Mirror

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the book
The book
  • An unusual take on popular children’s literature and cinematic history.
  • An insight into the making of a hate-figure.
  • Introduces the parents of emerald-skinned Elphaba
  • Describes her unconventional early family life.
  • Tells of Elphaba’s college years at ShizUniversity and her political activism in the Emerald City.
  • Explains her part in disputes between the Wizard and the varied peoples of Oz.

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characters
Characters
  • Elphaba
  • Glenda (Galinda)
  • Boq
  • Fiyero
  • The Wizard
  • Madame Morrible
  • Nessarose
  • Nanny

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themes
Themes
  • Good vs. Evil
  • Difference
  • Animal Rights
  • Wickedness

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good vs evil
Good vs. Evil
  • Maguire’s re-writing of the Witch’s history makes many comments about the writing of histories and fictional narratives.
  • How is it that the ‘good guys’ always seem to win and the ‘bad guys’ meet their downfalls?
  • Do those who struggle against power win only when that power is destroyed?
  • Should history be as black and white as good struggling against bad?

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wickedness
Wickedness
  • Are people born wicked?

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