Wicked: the synopsis
Elphaba arrives at Shiz University. Galinda . Elphaba and Glinda visit The Wizard of Oz to tell him about the animals' plight. HEAD I'm so happy to meet you. In the play when Elphaba and Glinda meet the Wizard he tells Elphaba We believe from TMA at Brigham Young University. We snap back in time to see Elphaba, a powerful witch, and Glinda the Good meeting for the first time at Shiz University. Elphaba has been sent to Shiz to take .
It is unknown if this has happened to any other spell casters in the Enchanted Forest, but Rumpelstiltskin seems familiar with the phenomenon. As her main motivation is jealousy, she remains green while in the Enchanted Forest.
Just go with it. Being screwed over by your sister, or a jealousy metaphor gone literal, are not bad reasons for being green. But being born green and having to struggle with that makes for a better character.
Powers Elphaba within the Oz of Wicked has uncommonly strong magic. As her family is ashamed of her uncontrolled bursts, she has tried to hide it up until her entrance to Shiz. Once there she is a stellar magic student. She is able to read and spellcast from the ancient Grimmerie, make a broomstick fly, give her sister the ability to walk, and even, limitedly, see the future.
Theodora is one of the three witches of Oz. She is particularly strong in fire power, as well as telekinesis, but holds back while she is still good. She is, however, ultimately defeated in this film by a charlatan, so hard to say how powerful she is compared to the other witches.
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Zelena has been casting magic since she was a newborn. Hm, this is a tough call. Between Elphaba and Zelena, these are both exceptionally powerful witches, said to have few equals. In Wicked, the relationship between Elphaba and Glinda takes centerstage heh, see what I did there?
They meet at Shiz as total opposites, and through a misunderstanding become roommates. But the two bond and become friends.
She seems to believe her sister that Glinda has turned against Oz. But once Oscar Diggs meets the beautiful Glinda, whatever relationship they had is doomed. She encourages Zelena to let go of her past and join her and her sisters.
For a time, things go well, and Zelena loses her green coloring and her hatred of Regina. But then Dorothy appears. Madame Morrible is carrying the Grimmerie, which is the high books of OZ spells. She gives it to Elphaba, and the wizard asks Elphaba to read a spell from it, to prove her worth.
A levitation spell, says the Wizard, for his monkey -- Chistery -- so that Chistery might be able to better watch the birds. Elphaba to the Wizard and Madame Morrible's amazement and delight can actually read the book.
The levitation spell works -- but Chistery ends up in pain, with wings, and Elphaba is horrified that she was the cause of his mutation, and that she was lied to about the spell. The wizard promises her that these new flying monkeys will act as spies, flying about Oz to stop any subversive Animal behavior. Further, he continues, Elphaba and Glinda will now become very powerful. Glinda is quite taken in by the offer, while Elphaba is disgusted; she realizes the wizard has been the cause of all the animal abuse.
Elphaba runs off, and Glinda rushes after her. Elphaba runs to the highest room in the Wizard's tower, and Glinda finally catches up. Glinda tells Elphaba that she thinks Elphaba is being melodramatic and stupid, and that Elphaba has, perhaps, now ruined any chance she might have had of becoming partners with the wizard. Elphaba tells Glinda that she thinks Glinda is foolish and shallow if she'd rather give up her principals just for a bit of fame.
Suddenly, both girls overhear Madame Morrible yelling down to the guards and to the gathered citizens of OZ: Madame Morrible cries out that Elphaba is loose in the castle, and is not to be trusted; she is evil, says Madame Morrible, and is responsible for the horrible mutation of the flying monkeys. Her green skin is merely an outward manifestation of this evil. She calls Elphaba a wicked witch, and orders her guards to hunt Elphaba down. Elphaba, trapped now in the tower, consults the Grimmerie to try the levitation spell again and give herself wings.
Instead, she ends up levitating a broom by accident. Glinda begs Elphaba to reconsider her position and apologize. The guards infiltrate the tower, and Glinda tells Elphaba she must leave, quickly. Elphaba rises up on the broom above the guards, and tells them that if they want to find her, they can "look to the western sky. The Wizard orders the guards after Elphaba End of Act 1. Act 2 begins with Glinda now Glinda the Good making a speech about Oz, and the troubled times they live in.
She is flanked by Fiyero and Madame Morrible. Madame Morrible's rumors about the "wicked witch" have been spreading, and people are saying all kinds of things -- that the witch can turn herself into a snake, that she is so evil water can melt her. Fiyero, who is now captain of the guard, is mortified that Glinda is not saying anything to defend their friend when both Fiyero and Glinda know the truth of what happened that day, and Glinda is the only one anybody would believe.
Glinda reasons with Fiyero, saying that Elphaba doesn't want to be found; Fiyero has been looking for years, and has never been able to find her. Glinda then announces to the crowd to Fiyero's surprise their upcoming engagement. Fiyero, taken aback, belatedly agrees to marry Glinda, and Glinda is slightly distressed that Fiyero is not more excited.
Boq is now her servant, imprisoned by laws Nessarose has enacted in order to keep him by her side. Nessa refuses, and tells Elphaba that their father died of heartsickness from Elphaba's "crimes. Elphaba feels awful that she has not helped Nessa more, and puts a spell on Nessa's jeweled shoes to help her walk. Nessa is thrust out of her chair, and her shoes glow red. Thrilled, Nessa invites Boq back into the room, and tells him they can be together now that she is mobile.
Boq spots Elphaba and orders her to stay back. Elphaba says that she won't hurt Boq, but Boq doesn't believe her, having heard all the rumors of her wickedness.
Boq sees suddenly that Nessa can walk, and -- hoping that Nessa won't need him anymore -- begs for Nessa's permission to attend Glinda's party, for he must tell Glinda he loves her before she marries Fiyero. Enraged, Nessa grabs the Grimmerie from her sister and tries to put a magic spell on Boq to shrink his heart.
Elphaba, in an attempt to save Boq's life, puts another spell on him to save him. Nessa laments over the fact that she is alone, truly, and sings a song that is not featured on the CD, because apparently, there was too much dialogue and not enough song.
In the end, Nessa sings, "Just the girl in the mirror and me, the Wicked Witch of the East - we deserve each other Boq then awakens from the spell; he has been changed into a tin man. Nessa screams that it was Elphaba's fault. Later on, a party officially announcing Glinda the Good's engagement to Fiyero has just gotten underway. Elphaba, meanwhile, sneaks back into the wizard's lair -- which is upstairs in the tower that's hosting Glinda's party -- hoping to release the flying monkeys.
Elphaba is almost convinced by the wizard's charm, and asks him to let the monkeys go in exchange for her cooperation. The wizard agrees, and releases them. But before the deal is done, Elphaba is mortified when she accidentally discovers Dr. Dillamond, who has been imprisoned by the wizard, and has lost his powers of speech. Elphaba tells the wizard that she will never be like him, and she will fight him till she dies. Fiyero arrives at that moment, flanked by two guards, and discovers Elphaba.
He realizes something is not right, and orders the guards out telling them to find a large quantity of water.
He pulls out his rifle and orders the wizard to stay put. Glinda rushes in, looking for Fiyero, and spots Elphaba. The two long lost friends embrace. Glinda sees that Fiyero is threatening the wizard, and realizes that the situation may intrude upon her good standing and popularity. Glinda insists to the wizard that Fiyero must be having some strange moment of insanity. Fiyero tells Glinda that he is perfectly fine, but he cannot marry her, and wants to go with Elphaba. Glinda is floored, but there is no time for Elphaba to explain.
Elphaba and Fiyero run off together, and Glinda is left alone with the wizard. The wizard feels sorry for Glinda, and offers her a drink from a green bottle he keeps in his pocket. Glinda turns him down. Madame Morrible arrives, saying she heard the Wicked Witch was almost caught, and that the captain of the guard has mysteriously disappeared.
Both the Wizard and Madame Morrible try to figure out how they should go about capturing the Witch. Glinda, in a moment of desperation and rage, suggests that they threaten Nessarose, so that Elphaba will return.
She runs off, crying, to go lie down. Madame Morrible tells the wizard that Glinda is on to something, but that simply threatening Elphaba's sister isn't enough.Popular - Wicked
Something more must be done. Madame Morrible suggests a change in the weather. She waves her hand, and suddenly, it starts to thunder. Glinda wanders around the tower, still sobbing. But just as they begin to kiss, Elphaba hears screaming in the distance, and feels that her sister is in danger.
She sees a house flying through the sky. She tells Fiyero that she must go to Nessa. Fiyero tells her that if anything goes wrong, Elphaba should go to his castle in Kiamo Ko -- nobody in his family has ever lived in it, and it is full of secret passageways and hiding places.
Elphaba agrees and rushes to Munchkinland. Though Elphaba had once considered sorcery to be nothing more than "entertainment" and was not interested in studying the art, she is revealed to have taken correspondence courses in magic during her time living in the Emerald City.
While living at Kiamo Ko, Elphaba discovers the Grimmerie a book containing vast magical knowledge in the attic of the castle.
Using the limited amount of information that she can decipher from the cryptic book, she begins to practice sorcery with greater success than ever before. She mainly uses sorcery to aid, enhance and further the scientific investigations initially begun by Doctor Dillamond while she was at Shiz, her main use of sorcery is creating flying monkeys. The Wizard's Gale Forcers eventually capture Sarima and her family, Nor is later revealed to be the only survivor.
Elphaba is left unsatisfied as Sarima can no longer provide the forgiveness she desires and plunges into madness. After Nessarose is crushed by Dorothy Gale 's house, Elphaba attends her sister's funeral, where she meets with Glinda. The two are initially happy to be reunited, but when Elphaba learns that Glinda has given Nessarose's shoes to Dorothy, she is enraged, and this sparks a conflict between the two women which remains unresolved at the time of Elphaba's death.
The possibility of Elphaba coming back to life in a future novel in the series has been widely debated among Maguire's legions of fans for many years.
The reason many seem to think that Elphaba will eventually return to Oz is because of the ending of Wicked. The bucket splash that supposedly ends her life connects to the novel's fable of Saint Aelphaba, for whom Elphaba is named, who was said to disappear beyond a waterfall, she returned several hundred years later before once again disappearing behind the waterfall. This in turn connects Elphaba with the stories that Sarima tells her children about a wicked witch who disappears into a cave.
At the end of the story it's tradition that the children ask if the witch ever comes out, to which Sarima replies "not yet". At the end of Wicked, that dialogue is repeated and "not yet" are actually the final two words that close out the book, suggesting that Elphaba will eventually rise again. Furthermore, in several interviews, Maguire has stated "a witch may die, but she will always come back - always.
Before she does, she seems to have a realization of some sort and says "of course- she's coming back.
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Don't you understand, she's coming back! Many fans of the series think that she was talking about Elphaba, while others believe she may have been talking about the long-lost Ozma. It is revealed that Nanny closed and locked the door of the tower room Elphaba died in, disallowing anyone to go in. Rain repeatedly asks her what she saw and she refuses to say.
However, it may be that Elphaba's return is actually Rain herself, since once the spell disguising her green skin is removed she looks exactly like Elphaba. Elphaba in the musical[ edit ] For the musical Wicked, Elphaba was written to be less cynical, more likable, and far more sympathetic than the novel counterpart.
Her only abnormality is her green skin.
In the book, Elphaba virtually goes insane, and genuinely becomes "wicked", though understandably so. In the musical, Elphaba is framed by the Wizard and Madame Morrible for crimes she "committed" on the Wizard's orders, and because she refused to turn her powerful magic to the wizard's sickening cause. Therefore, the public turns against her.