Wicked Themes & Symbolism

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Good vs. Evil

From the beginning of the novel with Frex, the characters attempt to discover the origins of evil. Some believe that a person may be born evil. Others, such as Sarima, believe all children are born good, and evil is learned. The Witch herself, though she is called Wicked, tries to do good for those dear to her.

Another possibility lies in the theory of self-fulfilling prophecy. Perhaps, in calling Elphaba evil, she becomes evil. The power of rumors and suggestion brings about changes in one's personality.

In the end, Elphaba realizes that to do good or evil remains the choice of the individual. Though many people in the society of Oz desire to blame the evil on others, Elphaba realizes that she must take responsibility for her own actions.

Religion plays a large role in the views of good and evil. In the Unionist religion...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
Wicked from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.