Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

These are just a few of my favorite lines of “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by Gregory Maguire.  Turns out it’s not the musical.  Whereas the musical changes how you think about Elphaba by portraying her as being good, just misunderstood, the book lets her be wicked.  There is no riding off into the sunset with a scarecrow here.  But even with her wickedness, I still felt for her.  It calls into question whether there is good and evil, instead of just people doing what they thought was best in the situation.  It was definitely an interesting read.  It’s made me think.

To the grim poor there need be no pour quoi tale about where evil arises; it just arises; it always is.  One never learns how the witch became wicked, or whether that was the right choice for her-is it ever the right choice?  Does the devil ever struggle to be good again, or if so is he not the devil?

Maybe the definition of home is the place where you are never forgiven, so you may always belong there, bound by guilt.  And maybe the cost of belonging is worth it.

People who claim that they're evil are usually no worse than the rest of us.  It's the people who claim that they're good, or anyway better than the rest of us, that you have to be wary of.


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