Sunday, March 7, 2010

Postmodern piece Wicked

Just like we discussed in class a good example of how the postmodernists changed the metanarrative would be Milton’s Paradise Lost, I could not help to think about Wicked the novel by Gregory Maguire that is most famous for its Broadway musical. Even though it does not change history or religion, it takes a classical piece of children’s literature and focuses on the wicked witch of the west. Telling the story through her experience she no longer remains the villain but the victim or hero of the society she has been born into. She is no longer ugly, but still green. She has a kind heart, and it uses all the scenes specifically from MGM’s film, but simply changes the perspective where the audience can understand and sympathize for Elphaba’s (the wicked witch of the west) perspective. The good witch and the bad witch are friends, and it shows how the evil villains are perceived that way because they have been rejected or misunderstood by society.

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