Gregory Maguire Writing Styles in Wicked

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Point of View

The point of view of the novel is third person, with a few rare exceptions when Elphaba begins to unravel. The story is most commonly told through the view of characters close to Elphaba, gradually the reader is eased into her viewpoint and more or less remains there at roughly halfway through. No one's narration in the novel can be said to be reliable, least of all Elphaba, who is openly and actively paranoid about nearly everything. This serves the author's purpose in preserving ambiguity and also tends to generate scenarios with no clear cut meaning in relation to the rest of the novel. For example, Elphaba becomes convinced that Yackle was the woman Nanny received a jar of pills from, but it is entirely unclear what specific importance this would have to the rest of the novel. In fact, the reader could quite safely...

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