Gregory Maguire Writing Styles in Wicked

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Point of View

This novel is told in third person omniscient point of view. An all-knowing narrator relates the story as it happens. However, the person that the story follows sometimes changes. At first, the story follows Elphaba and her family. In Gillikin, though, it first follows Galinda, then Boq and finally returns to Elphaba.

When Elphaba moves to Emerald City, the storyline becomes that of Fiyero, as he follows Elphaba on her missions. Finally, it returns to Elphaba as she journeys to Vinkus. The storyline remains with Elphaba for the remainder of the story, although it takes brief breaks to follow Nor, Sarima and even Liir.

The narrator seems to sympathize greatly with Elphaba and does not feel that her wickedness was in inherent character flaw. Ratherit is a result of her struggles in life, if the wickedness exists at all.

This novel reads much like a mock...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
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