Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West Symbols & Objects

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Green

The color green makes three significant appearances in the novel. First, it is the color of Elphaba's skin, and great effects her life. Second, it is the color of the pill bottle that Nanny gives to Melena to keep her second child from turning green. Third, green is also the color of emerald, which is the name of the capital city of Oz. Beyond this, green only seems to faintly symbolize its traditional associations. For example, Elphaba is psychologically consumed by envy for her sister, which leads to a steadily progressive paranoia throughout the novel. The Wizard seeks a magical tomb which Elphaba possesses, but when Dorothy returns with the green pill bottle, the Wizard seems to realize that his time in Oz is effectively over, and he quickly vanishes from the land, as if consumed by his desire to find the book.

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