Well, I'm not really sure what happened in that book, or how I'm meant now to lead us all in thoughtful discussion. Please, if you love this book, or there are parts that you like, don't be shy! I wish Jordan had read the book because I feel that he would have loved it and he could have brought you much better discussion then "what's up with this book?"
What is up with this book? I feel like I missed something, like there's a secret club going on somewhere and no one invited me. At that secret club they can follow the plot of this book and there is a reason that these characters have a whole book. This secret club probably meets at the Philosophers Club, which remains a mystery to me. It all remains a mystery to me.
In hopes of creating something more intelligent than what I just said, I have found some questions from the internet to which I would be interested to know your answers. Feel free to talk about other things too.
- 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?
- Early in their unlikely friendship, Galinda catches a glimpse of Elphaba and thinks she "looked like something between an animal and an Animal, like something more than life but not quite Life" (pages 78-79). Discuss the dual, and sometimes contradictory, nature of Elphaba's character. Why does Elphaba insist that she doesn't have a soul?
- Who or what is Yackle? Where does she appear in the story, and what role does she serve in Elphaba's life? Is she good or evil — both or neither?
- Was Elphaba's story essentially a tragedy or a triumph? Did she fail at every major endeavor, and thus fail at life; or because she refused to give up or change to suit the opinions of others, was her life a success? Is there a possibility that Dorothy's "baptismal splash" redeemed Elphaba on her deathbed, or was this the final indignity in a life of miserable mistakes?