Review of Gregory McGuire's "Wicked" Book Review by Jay Writtings LLC

Review of Gregory McGuire's "Wicked"
A review of Gregory McGuire's Novel, "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West."
# 120149 | 1,079 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 06, 2010 in Literature (American) , Literature (Children)

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This paper reviews, analyzes and praises Gregory McGuire's novel, "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West" from a first person perspective. The reviewer describes his astonishment at enjoying this book and the many different layers of meaning it contains. The paper contains a plot summary and the story of the protagonist, Elphaba's life. Also examined are the themes of the novel, which the reviewer sees not as the struggle between good and evil but rather that our lives are governed by choice or fate. The paper concludes that this was an excellent story that delivered not only thought provoking prose, but beautiful imagery as well.

Wicked: fate or choice
The Life and Times of Elphaba
Choices or Fate?

From the Paper:

"McGuire's Wicked is set in Oz, a place everyone who grew up in America knows. You know Oz - the very same Oz that Dorothy and Toto visited numerous times. The Oz L. Frank Baum introduced us to in 1900. 2 In Wicked, however, the protagonist is someone we are all somewhat familiar with, The Wicked Witch of the West. This is, obviously from the title, her story from birth to death."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • McGuire, Gregory Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West HarperCollins Publishers Copyright 1995
  • Baum, L. Frank The Wizard of Oz Simon & Schuster paperbacks, 1999 edition

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