At one point Sarima, who likes to fire off wise, fortune-cookie sayings, tells Elphaba that her guilt is the only thing tethering her to the world. Sarima links together the ideas of guilt, life, and home and emphasizes the way in which guilt is more than just a private emotion in Wicked. Guilt, especially for Elphaba, is something almost tangible. It is at the core of her major relationships (especially familial ones); it drives her actions (especially in the post-Fiyero years); it largely defines who she is as a person; and it practically functions as a companion to her near the end of her life. Guilt is an almost physical burden that Elphaba drags around with her. And where there is guilt, there is of course blame.