The Wicked Witch of the West

Originally witches weren’t really evil. The word just meant a woman that practiced magic. Over the years the word started to get a negative connotation and made the word witch start to mean a woman who worship the Devil and practices dark magic. Now that we know what the word witch means lets look at one of the most famous witch in history The Wicked Witch of the West. Now in the book The Wizard of Oz the Witch more of an obstacle dorothy has to overcome she doesn’t have a big part in the original book. And in the book she does not have green skin she actually is small and frumpy. Now in the film version there are many differences like the witch is taller and has green skin. Also she has a broom that she can fly on. Also she is seen many times before Dorothy and her friends go to kill her in the movie. But in the book Dorothy sees the Witch for the first time when the Witch meets her after the flying monkeys capture her . Also in the movie the Witches castle is scary and ugly however in the book the Witches castle is beautiful. Now the biggest difference is that the Wicked Witch of the West from the movie is copyrighted but the Witch from the book is not. So the Wizard of Oz was doing good but then WWII happened and the movie got pushed aside and got forgot for awhile. Now there wasn’t until the Wiz witch was a terrible movie. However the best scenes where with the Witch. In the Wiz the Witch’s name is Evillene and she runs a sweatshop. She is only seen when the Wizard sends Dorothy to confront her like in the book.  The next well known work with the Wicked Witch of The West was Gregory Maguire’s book Wicked: The Life Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. This book was a prequel to The Wizard of Oz. This book tells a lot of background of the Wicked Witch of the West, and in this book it tells you her name which is Elphaba. In the book Elphaba is the daughter of Melena Thropp and the Wizard of Oz but she is raised thinking Frexspar Thropp is her father. In the book it is implied that Elphaba is green due to green elixir. But Elphaba has a sister named Nessarose who later becomes the Wicked Witch of the East. In the book Elphaba’s mother, Melena Thropp, is the ruler of Munchkinland. And Frexspar is the minister of Munchkinland. Frexspar favors Nessarose over because she claims she is beautiful, though she has no arms, and thinks Elphaba is different due to her green skin. Elphaba attends Shiz University where she befriends Galinda, Boq, and Fiyero. Although younger than Elphaba Nessarose joins Shiz university. Around this time Elphaba meets Madame Morrible who she has a disliking for her. And Wicked for the majority tells the story of how Elphaba becomes quote on quote wicked. After the book becoming a major hit in 2003 there was a Broadway Musical adaptation of the book. This adaptation was more kid friendly. Also there are some changes to the story here and there but it still got the point that book was trying to get across. This musical was a success and is still running to this day. In 2005 of course the Muppets had to adapt it. In this version Miss Piggy plays all the witches and is especially good as the Wicked Witch of The West. 2 years later there was a mini series by the name of Tin Man. This was an interesting look on O.Z which now means Outer Zone. In this version the Wicked Witch of the West’s name is Azkadellia and the sister to the main character DG. Azkadellia is more like the book version of the Wicked Witch of the West . Like in the book she has no green skin and she has no broom that she can fly around on. The next portrayal of the Wicked Witch of the West was in Oz the Great and Powerful. Now this is my least favorite Oz movie but we are here to talk about the Wicked of the West which is still probably the worst Wicked Witch of the West. So in this movie her name is Theodora and meets the Wizard when he first arrives in Oz. Now she begins a normal good witch but then the Wizard leaves her and  and her sister tries to kill her with a poisoned apple but it doesn’t kill her it makes her green. I swear this probably is one of the worst reason why she is green. Also something to note again that the original MgM Wizard of Oz is copyrighted, therefore the people make the witch green can’t use the same shade of green used in the original and they can’t use the dress either. Now for the last well known adaptation of the Wicked Witch of the West. Now you remember how I said the last Wicked Witch of the West was one of thee worst adaptations well the Once Upon a Time version is probably the worst.So in this version she is the half sister of the evil queen from snow white. Now you know why she is green, because she turns green out of envy. Also the shade of green makes her look like she is sweating. And that is all the most well known Wicked Witches of the West who is still being used today sometimes good and sometimes not. Now if you want me to write another paper on a well known villain just leave a comment.