Wednesday, September 13, 2006
We Were Off to See the Wizard
As you may know, "Wicked" is the back story of how the wicked witch became the wicked witch and Glenda the good witch etc.
I love this as a counterpart piece! Nothing is as it seems in Oz as is true in Wicked. The man behind the curtain is not who you think he is nor is the wicked witch. She has a story that is quite gripping. She gets caught up in a series of prejudice (because of her color) isolation (because she takes an unpopular stand) and persecution (because people refuse to understand her uniqueness).
"Wicked" gives the wicked witch a name Elpheba (everyone should have a name and not just a behavioral description.) And tells us about her journey in much the same way that The Wizard of Oz tells us about Dorothy's journey.
I loved this tale because it reminds me that it is easy to see people through one lens and make judgements about them based upon the way one person presents them (Frank Baum) but really each of us is much more multi-dimensional. And more importantly, our motivations for doing or not doing something are in our heads alone. For anyone to assume to understand our intentions and assign motivations to our actions without understanding who we are is a dangerous task.