Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West Themes & Motifs

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The existence of fate is something that Elphaba spends a great deal of time pondering and resisting throughout the novel. To make matters worse for her, fate either seems to abandon her or wound her at every unexpected turn. Fate seems to be envisioned in this novel as a conflicting set of forces that is constantly vying for control of the land of Oz. It usually does this through major characters in the novel such as Elphaba or the Wizard, but the deepest irony associated with this is that Elphaba does not seem to possess any overarching goal other than generally resisting the Wizard as a vague means of obtaining her father's love. Even the characters who represent fate seem to change sides often. The dwarf who travels with the Dragon Clock of Time admits this openly, and is very candid about the fact that his...

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