May 30, 2008

It’s Not Easy Being Green… Or is it?

Posted in Wicked tagged , at 5:01 pm by Ms. Davis

I am addicted to this book! Where are you in your reading? Can we be through Part 3 by the end of the weekend? Or is by next week a better time frame? I think a lot of discussion will open up when we finish the book, but for now, chew on this question!

What is the significance of Elphaba’s green skin? What are the rewards of being so different, and what are the drawbacks? In Oz – and in the real world – what are the meanings associated with the color green, and are any of them pertinent to Elphaba’s character?

*From the Reader’s Group Guide



  1. cakequeen2 said,

    Hey, remember the song, “big, blue frog”? that was supposed to be a social commentary on race relations. Elphie being green is quite similiar-especially given the fact that she herself has a social cause- The Animals. She can pursue her cause without fear of being bothered because she is shunned by society anyway.Her greenness separates her from everyone else, and the color is of no particular significance. To me, she represents a bohemian experience, not unlike the beat generation of the 50s and 60s. I don’t want to say anymore, because I am not sure where everyone is in their reading, but I have lots to say……

  2. Ms. Davis said,

    Let’s see… meanings associated with the color green: jealousy is the first that comes to mind. I, personally don’t think that applies to our Elphaba, though – except perhaps in regards to Nessarose early on? I also think of green representing money. In what ways is Elphie “rich”? Is she rich at all? Ummm… I also think, of course, of the most current usage of the word green – meaning environmentally friendly. Not sure if that relates to Elphie, either exactly. Having run through this, I have to conclude that I agree with Gloria: that the color itself is of no significance. It is more that it is so different and unique – even in a world such as this. Yikes – what a ramble this was! 🙂

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