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Elphaba Thropp, aka the Wicked Witch of the West, is the green skinned . the city did have what is described as a ghetto or a slum that had issues with crime, .. Her relationship with Glinda (called "Galinda" until she renames herself in the . Dating · Advice · Fashion · Video · Interviews Recently, the musical Wicked celebrated its tenth year on Broadway. This is @DanaPiccoli Who doesn't ship Elphaba and Glinda? — Catherine Yet somehow an uneasy friendship is formed, which turns into the deepest relationship in the show. The real. In Wicked, the relationship between Elphaba and Glinda takes her ambitions to the Wizard early on as the solution to all her problems.
So I suppose that structuring the musical Wicked as an allegory of fascism is a notion for which librettist Winnie Holzman and songwriter Stephen Schwartz shouldn't be tarred and feathered, no matter how much devoted fans might wish it. After all, this bloated and blatant new show is based on Gregory Maguire's novel of the same name and, in upending many of Baum's conceits, Maguire seems to have had something of an outlandish allegory in mind.
He even had the Wizard of Oz, a force for repression in this revisionist view, eventually seeking shelter in a bunker. In writing an Oz prequel that explains how Glinda formerly known as Galinda and the Wicked Witch of the West also known as Elphaba earned their disparate reputations, Maguire also examined the concepts of good and evil.
Moreover, on the evidence of his dense volume, he was tangentially interested in the benefits of friendship as seen through the developing Glinda-Elphaba relationship. The name Elphaba is a reference to Baum's initials: Holzman and Schwartz have lifted the above elements from Maguire in constructing their tuner. In some instances, they elaborate on them so's to make a point or two about current fears of gathering repression.Elphaba & Glinda Barbie dolls from the Musical WICKED (Review)
But that's just what they haven't done in this meagerly rewarding hodge-podge of convoluted plot and overblown special effects. Here, the vain Galinda meets the literally green Elphaba at Shiz University, where they're both studying sorcery. Anyone who feels that Wicked has been influenced by the Harry Potter novels is right on the money. That's when they discover that the Wizard is a faker and the villain behind the silencing of Oz animals, including their own goat professor, Doctor Dillamond William Youmans.
When the horned Doctor Dillamond is banished from his teaching position, is it far-fetched to perceive him as representative of the Jews in Nazi Germany? And so the two sort-of-friends find themselves in separate camps that overlap only because the princely Fiyero Norbert Leo Butz becomes engaged to marry Glinda but harbors a romantic desire for Elphaba.
Meantime, while trying to elude the Wizard, Elphaba continues to care for her wheelchair-ridden sister Nessarose, who's tended to by the loyal Munchkin Boq Christopher Fitzgerald. Nessarose, by the way, is the supposedly wicked witch who wears ruby slippers and who is killed when Dorothy's house lands in Oz. The famous slippers were silver when Baum wrote about them, but this production is true to the MGM movie on that account. Nor could I understand the cheap jokes launched by Holzman, who's respected for her thirtysomething and My So-Called Life telescripts.
After Clutch is buried, Madame Morriblethe headmistress of Crage Hall, calls Elphaba, Glinda and Nessarose to her office and offers them to the chance of becoming Adepts of Magic, who would serve the Wizardthough she casts a spell on them so that they will not remember the offer until she speaks to them again.
After a disappointing meeting, she parts ways with Glinda, telling her she will not return to Crage Hall, and later becomes a member of the resistance against the Wizard and his predjudi laws. City Life Five years later, Elphaba is a fully grown woman and resistance member of the Emerald City. She joins a terrorist movement with the goal of making real social change in the political scene of Oz, and she begins to view violence as a just means to enacting such change.
However, her involvement in such acts is not explicitly detailed and it is unknown how many acts of terror she partook in or how many innocents possibly perished due to acts of terror committed by either her or her associates within the resistance movement.
Due to the Wizard's hatred and obsession with her and all the negative propaganda surrounding her name later in her life, it is likely that she was involved in quite a bit of carnage, but it is not entirely clear. This makes the reader ponder whether or not violence is ever acceptable to enact change in society, even in situations where a group is being marginalized and oppressed, such as what was happening to the Animals of Oz.
Emerald City is indeed an elaborate establishment, prosperous and beautiful, filled with elegant palaces made of green marble and decorated with real emeralds and surrounded by attractive gardens. Despite all the beauty, the city did have what is described as a ghetto or a slum that had issues with crime, among other things.
Elphaba lived in an abandoned building in a rather isolated section of the city, probably within said ghetto district. One day Elphaba unexpectedly runs into Fiyero Tigelaaran old friend from college. She tries to avoid him, but he catches her and they begin to meet in secret, which eventually becomes a love affair in which they both fall deeply in love. The secret relationship lasts for several months.
On Lurlinemas Eve, she is assigned to assassinate Madame Morrible at a social event, but fails. At the same time, her apartment is raided and Fiyero is brutally killed out of spite to hurt Elphaba. This indicates that the Wizard and his people were secretly on to Elphaba, and likely also had plans to remove Fiyero from his throne in The Vinkus to open the provide up to further colonization and ecxploitstion by the Wizard's government.
Mauntery Life Severely traumatized by the murder of her secret lover, Elphaba flees and permanently abandons her apartment. She has a severe mental breakdown and as a result she stops speaking entirely.
A incoherent Elphaba eventually makes her way to a local mauntery monastic convent. She falls into a deep coma like sleep which lasts for a year. During this time, she gives birth to her son, Liirwho she is not even sure is hers or not and almost never treats him as a son, despite him following her to the Vinkus. Despite this, she does on very rare occasions display motherly feelings for him, but is typically far more cruel and cold hearted towards him than she ever is kind.
After recovering, she works as a maunt under the name of Sister Saint Aelphaba and takes a vow of silence.
She spends most of her time cleaning floors by hand and working with dying patients.
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One day she meets the dying Tibbett, an old friend whom she befriended at Shiz, who encourages her to speak again and live her life. Tibbett's death also propels her to leave the convent after years of being verbally and emotionally shut down. She also introduces Elphaba to her sisters and her children: On the journey to Kiamo Ko, Elphaba encounters a number of animals, including an orphaned snow monkey who she calls Chistery and a wolf-dog called Killyjoy.
She first encounters Chistery stranded on a small patch of land in the middle of a pond. Elphaba, being allergic to water, puts her fear aside and darts towards the water with the intention to save Chistery. It is then that her magic powers come out and the entire lake suddenly turns to ice, per her will, allowing her to cross and save Chistery, who she adopts.
The wolf-dog Killyjoy came into Elphaba's life on the trip to Kiama Ko when she met a chef who owned him and it was strongly implied that he abused the creature. Elphaba, enraged, is implied to have murdered the chef by using her powers to "speak" to a swarm of bees, instructing them to fly to his campsite in the dead of night and sting him to death, which they do.
The next morning, his corpse is discovered, covered in bee stings to the point he is barely recognizable, and Elphaba smiles at his death, making a sarcastic remark that implies that she is the cause of it, and she adopts Killyjoy, as well as the bees, whom decide to come along with her. These animals, among others, would become Elphaba's dearest companions and her familiars later in life.
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Though Elphaba had only intended to stay at Kiamo Ko until she received Sarima's forgiveness, Sarima refuses to listen to her story and she resigns herself to living in the castle indefinitely.
As Elphaba refuses to give her name, Sarima calls her 'Auntie,' although her children end up calling her "Auntie Witch" behind her back a name she eventually gives in to, even though she resents it.
While living at Kiamo KoElphaba discovers the Grimmerie a book containing vast magical knowledge in the attic of the castle. Elphaba begins the study the book and practice magic. She begins to realize she has latent magical ability, having frozen a lake to save Chistery and made an icicle fall with her mind that kills one of Sarima's children - Manek, whom she viewed as worthy of death after he pulled a prank on Liir that nearly cost him his life.
Elphaba did not seem to feel remorse for Manek's death. One day, troops led by Commander Cherrystone came to Kiamo Ko, claiming they are on an exploration mission and need shelter, though Elphaba suspects they have more sinister motives.
One day, she sees Fiyero's daughter, Norsurprisingly riding on the broom she was given by the maunts and begins to learn to ride it herself. With the broom, she returns to Munchkinland to pay a visit to her family at Colwen Grounds, where Frexspar proposes that she and Nessarose work together to rule Munchkinland, now that it had seceded from Oz.
Elphaba is shocked to discover that Nessarose is now a witch herself and has become somewhat of a religious dictator, devoting herself entirely to the Unnamed God and insisting that her spells are "miracles" in His name. It is here Elphaba witnesses the arrangement between a woman whose servant was a young lady who was going to marry a woodsman. The woman pleads to Nessarose to prevent their marriage, and Nessa enchants the woodsman's axe, which the woman had stolen, to magically attack him and strike off his limbs the next time he uses it.
Elphaba, apparently remorseful for own involvement in terrorism and violence n her younger days, seems a bit perplexed by this confrontation, but turns the other cheek, ignoring it. Elphaba, declining political power, ends up rejecting her sister's proposal to help her rule the East and thus, returns to Kiamo Ko, only to discover that everyone, but Nanny who had come to live there after Nessarose's ascension and Liir, had been captured and taken away.
It is not long after this that Elphaba ironically finds herself in a position of great political power, with the tribes of the Vinkus "rallying around her" after the capture of their royal family and the furthering encroachment upon their territory by the Wizard's government, as she admits later in life.
Elphaba then makes it her mission to save them, but is unsuccessful due to her tragic ending. The Matter of Dorothy One day Elphaba received the news that her sister Nessarose, who had by now been given the nickname, the "Wicked Witch of the East", had been tragically killed. The cause of death was a fallen house that came from another dimension and unexpectedly fell out of the sky and crash landed in the heart of the Munchkinland.
As fate would have it, the house crushed Nessarose to death who was handing out religious attendance awards to the Munchkins. When Elphaba finally arrived in Munchkinland to attend Nessarose's funeral, she sees her father and Glinda again. Glinda now goes by "Lady Glinda" and is known as the respected "Good Witch of the North, having mastered the art of small magic.
Glinda calmly tells Elphaba about the house's passenger who was aloft when it descended from the atmosphere. An adolescent girl by the name of Dorothy Gale from "Canziss" who was accompanied by a mangy pooch called Toto. Glinda explains that she sent Dorothy to see the Wizard to keep the girl from getting pulled into all the political chaos accruing in Munchkinland.
Glinda also confesses that she gave the lost girl Nessarose's slippers and cast a spell upon them as protection to keep the girl from being seriously harmed on her journey. This outrages Elphaba, who is determined to get the shoes back as it is the only thing that she will have left of her sister. Glinda's thoughtless actions cause her and Elphaba to have a falling out and as a result they never speak again. During this time Elphaba meets with the Wizard, who reveals he has Nor. To Elphaba's horror she sees that Nor has been held captive all these years, but stripped of her independence and has been beaten into submission and kept as a slave by the Wizard who then asks Elphaba for the Grimmerie to be given to him.
Elphaba refuses unless he gives up Nor, but he claims she is his protection against her. Elphaba sets out on her flying broomstick to find Dorothy who is oblivious that the Witch is after her. Dorothy is now following the yellow brick road and having her own set of adventures while she is on her way to see the Wizard. Elphaba then runs into Boq once more and they discuss the matter of Dorothy who spent the night at Boq's estate when passing through Munchkinland.
When Boq tells Elphaba how charming Dorothy was Elphaba becomes offended and immediately sets off on her broom without saying goodbye. Eventually Elphaba spots Dorothy who is by this point accompanied by three oddball companions that to Elphaba, looks like a straw man, a shiny woodman and a giant cat of sorts.
She carefully eavesdrops to the group gossip about her when she sees her sisters shoes sparkling on Dorothy's feet. Just as Elphaba attempts to retrieve them it begins to rain, thus letting Dorothy get away while Elphaba takes cover under a tree to avoid contact with water. Afterwards Elphaba decides to go to Shiz with the intention of killing Madame Morrible.
To Elphaba's dismay Morrible has already died of old age seconds prior, so Elphaba could only bash the dead woman's head in with a marble trophy.
Nevertheless, she claims to be Morrible's killer while paying a visit to a dinner party held by Avaricthough she is not taken seriously as a murderer until much later. On the way back to Kiamo Ko while drunk, she meets the crew of the Clock, who put on a show revealing Elphaba's true parentage, which reveals to be none other than Elphaba's worst enemy, the Wizard.
Elphaba does not believe it to be true. However, she begins to have strange dreams that become haunting and nightmarish.
So Elphaba makes up a potion to avoid falling asleep. However, the lack of sleep and paranoia over the Wizard having Nor and Dorothy having Nessarose's shoes start to take a toll on her mental health. When she finally learns Dorothy is on her way to Kiamo Ko, being sent by the Wizard himself, Elphaba notices the girl is still accompanied by the three oddball comrades from earlier.
Since the people in Oz are a superstitious bunch, no one in Oz dares to harm Dorothy due to the meaning of her name which means "Goddess of Gifts" and her coincidentally having the same last name as the Wizard's soldiers known as the "Gale Force".
Added with the fact she also wears Nessrose's sparkling shoes, this makes Dorothy nearly untouchable. However, Elphaba believes the Scarecrow that accompanies the girl may indeed be Fiyero in a costume, coming back to her in a disguise. It also could be Fiyero's spirit inside, possessing the stuffed figure and giving it life.
To find out if Fiyero is indeed still alive, rather in body or by spirit by any miracle, Elphaba then immediately sends out her animals to try to lead Dorothy to the Kiamo Ko castle. However, Elphabla's attempt backfires and all her pets are killed except the flying monkeys who bring Dorothy to the castle along with The Lion.
The Scarecrow and Tin Woodman are left behind to wander on their own. After a uncomfortable and disastrous meal, Elphaba pulls Dorothy into one of the castle's high towers in an attempt to straighten things out. While also assuming Dorothy had to be tied into the tapestry of conspiracies in Oz, Dorothy confesses that the Wizard sent her to kill Elphaba in exchange to be sent back to her home but Dorothy, being a mere child, cannot bring herself to do such a terrible task.
Elphaba commands Dorothy to hand over the slippers, but the shoes are enchanted under the protection of Glinda and will not come off. Dorothy explains that the Wizard himself even tried to pry the shoes off and despite her efforts, the slippers simply will not come off her feet.
Dorothy sincerely ask Elphaba for forgiveness in killing her sister, which psychologically and emotionally cripples Elphaba due to the fact she was never given the same chance with Sarima. Elphaba's last moments before being liquefied by Dorothy Gale. Throughout the argument, Elphaba realizes that Dorothy reminds her of herself, as both Elphaba and Dorothy are misunderstood outsiders. At this time Liir and the Lion barge into the room and come to Dorothy's aid.
But Elphaba takes Dorothy to the highest room in the tower and locks the door. In a state of insanity and psychological defeat, Elphaba accidentally sets her own robes on fire by not paying attention to her surroundings. A frightened Dorothy quickly grabs a bucket near by that is filled with collecting rain water and without a second thought, throws the water at a panicking Elphaba to put out the fire and save the Witch who was ablaze.
Instead of saving the Witch, the water kills Elphaba and to Dorothy's horror she melts away before her very eyes.