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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

Gender Quotes

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Quote #7

I'm a Munchkinlander by birth anyway, if not by upbringing, and I'm a girl by accident if not by choice. (

Elphaba's composite, hybrid character pops up yet again: she basically considers her gender an "accident" and a "choice." We'd love to sit Elphaba down with some transgender people and listen to their conversation.

Quote #8

"I am married," she said, "just not to a man."

He raised his eyebrows. She put her hand to her face. He'd never seen her look like that – her words had shocked herself." (3.3.11-12)

Why exactly did Elphaba shock herself here? We'd suggest that it was because her "martial status" reveals just how committed she is to her political cause, and how much that cause dominates her life.

Quote #9

"No," she cried, "no, no, no, I'm not a harem, I'm not a woman, I'm not a person, no." (3.3.19)

Fitting in with her "unbecoming" quest, Elphaba seems a second a way from arguing that she doesn't really exist and is just a trick of the light or an optical illusion.

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