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I’m a sucker for a book that takes a well known, black and white story and turns it on its head. One of the best examples is ‘Wicked’ by Gregory Maguire. ‘Wicked’ tells the story of Elphaba, AKA the Wicked Witch of the West, featured in ‘The Wizard of Oz’. The story follows from her birth all the way to that fateful say that Dorothy drops a house on her sister. Despite the conflicting emotions about her character as a whole, most of the book we’re meant to, in a way feel sorry for her; the story touches on how hard it is to be different from everyone else. One of its most poignant and yet so simple moments is Galinda’s (the good witch) initial reaction –which is horror- at being forced to share a room with Elphaba at a boarding school…just because the other girl was born green. Elphaba is far from an average hero, but she isn’t a complete villain either; at times we hate her and at times we love her. That’s where the beauty of this story lies; it makes the reader question what makes a person evil and what makes them good. More importantly, can a person be born evil? Through out the book Elphaba states that she has no soul, and what makes Maguire’s writing spectacular is that instead of telling us if she speaks the truth or not, he leaves it up to us to decide.



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