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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

Memory and the Past Quotes

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To the pleasure faithers, with tiktok affections, it was the sound of clockworks uncoiling their spring and running down at a terrible speed. It was the release of vengeful energy.

To the essentialists, it seemed as if the world had suddenly found itself too crammed with life, with ...atoms shuddering and juggernauting their casings.

To the superstitious it was the collapsing of time....

In short: a tornado. (5.1.4-9)

The summary of reactions to the tornado places a huge emphasis on themes of time and memory. Every group here connects the tornado to time, whether it's clocks, time collapsing, or atoms exploding. The mention of atoms and energy also suggests an atomic bomb, which helps emphasize what a calamity this tornado was in Oz.

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