Everything you need to understand or teach Wicked (novel) by Gregory Maguire.
Many readers will remember the story of the Wicked Witch of the West. In this novel, Maguire explores possible motivations behind such a person. Frex and Melena, humble peasants in Munchkinland, welcome their first born, Elphaba, in the beginning of this novel. Frex, a minister of the religion of Unionist, constantly fears punishment for sin, both known and unknown. Despite the impending birth of his first child, he travels to preach against dangerous entertainment, specifically, the Clock of the Time Dragon. A cousin of Frex wrote to him about a sideshow type experience that sweeps through Oz. The clock, made up of multiple windows filled with puppets, like a complicated cuckoo clock, shows what observers assume to be future events.
Alone in a land were she has no friends Melena goes into labor. Some elderly, local women arrive to aid with the birth. They supply Melena with addictive pinobble leaves... View more of the Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West Summary
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