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

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

by Gregory Maguire

Family Quotes

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Quote #1

Well, the family always was bright, and brightness, as you know, decays brilliantly. Madness is the most shining way. (

Nanny could really include herself in the Thropp family mix there – she's a bit crazy, too.

Quote #2

"We were talking about your childhood," said Glinda.
"Well, that's it, that's all part of it. You can't divorce your particulars from politics," Elphaba said. (

Elphaba and Glinda have this conversation during their college years, but it really provides insight into Elphaba's character during her later years. A popular slogan from the women's movement in the 1960s was "the personal is political." Elphaba never separates public and private spheres, and her family is always tied up in her political activities. You could really make an argument that her family is the driving force in Elphaba's life.

Quote #3

"So, my dear, you don't care where he is, or what happens to him now?"
"How can you
say that?" She sat up, steaming. "I love the mad old tunnel-visioned bastard. He really believed in what he preached." (3.6.11-12)

This mixture of love and hate for family really sums up Elphaba's sentiments about her entire clan. The diction here helps demonstrate these mixed feelings. Elphaba "loves" Frex, but in the same breath she calls him a "bastard."

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