Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

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Themes

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

As with most novels, the more prominent themes in Wicked are entangled within and among important concerns for society; indeed, as Elphaba notes: "you can't divorce your particulars from politics". Therefore, issues of religion, Animal rights, and political unrest are entangled with issue of otherness, sexuality, body image, revenge, and perspective within the novel. Elphaba embodies the very notion of "otherness" because she is conceived half of Oz and "other world" and is a green woman. Moreover, Maguire includes several characters who both perceive and are perceived differently: Fiyero has "blue diamond skin"; Glinda is incapable of "seeing" or "considering" past her social standing in life; Boq is a Munchkinlander who will always be smaller than...

(The entire section is 238 words.)