Analysis of Elphaba

Minor and Major Spoiler Alert:

My first character in the Wicked analysis is Elphaba. Elphaba is the Wicked character I not know only the best, but the one I actually relate to best and have a personal bond to. She is also my favorite musical character of all time. The first thing you learn about Elphaba is why she was born green. During “No One Mourns the Wicked”, Glinda says that before Elphaba was born, her mother drank the green elixir and that was why Elphaba was born green.

Elphaba arrives to Shiz full of hope and innocence. Right before “Wizard and I”, you discover that Elphaba is protective of her sister, Nessa, who is disabled. You also discover that Elphaba has magical powers. Madame Morrible discovering Elphaba’s magic powers believes that Elphaba might get to work with the Wizard someday and Elphaba hearing this believes that if she works alongside the Wizard, she will finally be accepted. You see her hope during “Wizard and I” and she hopes people will her for who she really is and people don’t treat her fairly just because she is green.


In the scene right after “Wizard and I”, it goes straight to “What Is This Feeling”. What also happens in the scenes leading up to “Wizard and I” is the fact that Galinda and Elphaba become roommates and they are rather reluctant. “What is This Feeling” truly shows just much the two girls dislike each other.

The next day at school, you learn that Elphaba is smart and determined through a class at school. Doctor Dillamond, a goat teacher, teaches and he is terrified when he turns the chalkboard over and sees a message that says “Animals Should Be Seen and Not Heard”. Elphaba is terrified and she feels a deep connection to Doctor Dillamond because she knows what its like to be different and treated like you don’t belong. She learns that something bad is happening to the animals and she realizes that she found a new reason to visit the Wizard.

“Dancing Through Life” is a beautiful moment for both Elphaba and Galinda. This is the song where Fiyero arrives and he arranges a school dance. At the school dance itself, Elphaba arrives and she obviously hasn’t been to a school dance before and cannot dance that well and eventually Galinda joins in and makes something magical out of Elphaba’s silly dance. So for the first time the two girls finally bonded. Also, Elphaba actually arranged for Galinda to be one of Madame Morrible’s sorcery students.


This is another wonderful moment for Elphaba and Galinda. This is the first time that Elphaba and Galinda actually decided to become friends. Both girls shared the other a secret. Since this analysis is one Elphaba, I will share Elphaba’s secret. She confessed that her father hates her. Her father hates her for two reasons. One was because she is green and the other is because when her mother was pregnant with Nessa, her father was afraid the baby would be green so her father made her mother eat milk flowers, which was way Nessa was born premature and crippled and why mother is dead. Galinda tries to comfort Elphaba saying it isn’t her fault because it was the milk flowers that killed her mother. So the development for Elphaba and Galinda’s friendship is important to who these two girls are.

In “Popular” Galinda wants to give Elphaba a makeover. For the first time in Elphaba’s life, she finally has a friend.


Then there is the next scene when Doctor Dillmond was taken away as teacher and a new teacher took his place and Elphaba saw a sacred lion cub in a cage. Out of anger, she cast a spell on the entire class, which just didn’t affect Fiyero. The lion cub scene is a wonderful scene. We get to learn more about Elphaba in this scene. Throughout the scene, Fiyero says something to Elphaba around the lines of “do you ever let anyone else talk”. Throughout the scene, towards the end, Elphaba learns that she loves Fiyero, but she knows that her best friend loves Fiyero.

“I’m Not That Girl” happens right after she and Fiyero freed the lion cub. Since Elphaba literally just found she loves Fiyero, this song isn’t fully heartbreaking. It is only moderately heartbreaking. In one line, she thinks she isn’t good enough for him because she is green.  One fascinating thing about Wicked’s love triangle is that Elphaba and Galinda, two best friends, love Fiyero and that really tests their friendship.


In “One Short Day”, Elphaba finally gets her opportunity to visit the Wizard. He is agreeing to see her and she takes Glinda (Galinda changed her name to Glinda to honor of Doctor Dillamond) with her. Throughout the song, they are touring the Emerald City.


Elphaba is to learn the Wizard is not so great as she thought that he was. It turns out that she learned that he was the one responsible for all the bad things happening to the animals. He used her to cast a spell on of the monkeys, which caused him to grow wings and she saw it was a very painful process and she that saw that it was the cages that was making them lose their speech. She all of a sudden realized that the Wizard is not a good person and wanted to stand up for the animals and go up against the Wizard and ran away with the grimmaire.

It was through “Defying Gravity” where she truly matured. She is big-hearted and very courageous. The Wizard to keep his power made the citizens believe she was Wicked.


In “Thank Goodness”, the love triangle is even more complicated. Fiyero actually hears all of these rumors spread about Elphaba and hears just how evil of a witch she is and cannot believe Glinda is supporting of this and Glinda even says she doesn’t like hearing it. Fiyero realizes he doesn’t even love Glinda, but realizes he actually loves Elphaba. I thought it was important to bring up the rumors because those rumors about her being wicked are not true.

There is one extra song in Wicked not on the soundtrack called the “The Wicked Witch of the East”. Elphaba visits her home in Munchkinland to get help from her father, but her father died ashamed of what Elphaba did and now Nessa is now governor of Munchkinland and Nessa feels like Elphaba did nothing for her. Elphaba found a spell in the grimmarie, which put a spell on Nessa’s shoes. which Nessa the power to walk. Boq arrives right at the scene and this is when Nessa discovers that Boq loves Glinda and tries to cast a spell to keep Boq with her and this spell goes wrong and it is shrinking Boq’s heart and Elphaba does a good deed by turning Boq to tin. But in Boq’s eyes, turning him to tin was wicked, but he would have died.

Now, she went back to the Wizard to ask if he would free all of those flying monkeys. The Wizard decided to ask again if Elphaba would help him. She thought about it and said she would if she freed those monkeys, but after discovering Doctor Dillamond is now a goat, she realized that the Wizard is still cruel towards the animals, she still wants justice towards the animals and still sees him as a wicked man. Fiyero arrives disguised as one of the guards and Glinda arrives on the scene too and she feels betrayed by both Elphaba and Fiyero.

Elphaba and Fiyero both confess their love for each other. This couple is my favorite musical couple. For starters, not only is it young, but also mature and their song is also mystical and very unexpected. No other love triangle has been as complex as the one in Wicked. Elphaba is an outcast and Fiyero knows that, but they still confess their love for each other. Right after the song ends, Elphaba feels like her sister is in danger and she has to leave.


Well as it turns out, her sister was in danger. Nessa was killed by a house that landed on her that was sent by a tornado that was sent by Madame Morrible. Nessa’s death is one part of Elphaba’s life that I honestly keep on overlooking and I don’t know why. The musical keeps on making me lean towards her friendship with Glinda and her love for Fiyero. This is when Elphaba was arrested, but Fiyero arrives again to protect Elphaba and he was sent to the fields.

Throughout “No Good Deed”, Elphaba tries spell after spell after spell to try to save Fiyero. She keeps on thinking she failed to save him. She cannot help thinking about those she couldn’t save: Nessa, Doctor Dillamond, but she feels the worst about Fiyero. She truly feels full of anger at this moment and so frustrated. No one understands her but her best friend and Fiyero.


All throughout “March of the Witch Hunters”, people want to arrest Elphaba this time. They only think she is wicked because that is that they believe because of all of the rumors spread and because that is what the Wizard said. Glinda now wants to find Elphaba and tell her just how much she means to her.

The most emotional moment in all of Wicked is “For Good” .Leading up to this scene, Elphaba says to Glinda that she wants her to finish what she has started and gives her the grim marie. Glinda and Elphaba have reunited. But its the last moment they will ever see each other. They only have one chance to say what they mean to the other. They have not let their love for Fiyero get in the way of their friendship. Glinda truly knows who Elphaba is and knows that Elphaba is big-hearted.


In the next scene, it looks like Elphaba melted and Glinda sees this and thinks Elphaba has died. This upsets Glinda, but keeps a promise to Elphaba. Elphaba is still alive and Fiyero arrives and he survived, but has been turned into a scarecrow  and two realizing that both are outcasts they realize that the two of them can never return to OZ,

Overall, Elphaba is strong, smart, determined, talkative, courageous, big-hearted, caring, unique, believes in equality and staying true to herself. Elphaba is not just a musical character. She is my all-time favorite musical character. She is a character I relate so much to and there are still some differences. Elphaba develops a lot throughout this musical and Elphaba will always be my favorite Wicked character. Tomorrow’s blog post: I will analyze Glinda: it will be a bit harder.

8 thoughts on “Analysis of Elphaba

  1. Really awesome analysis! Elphie is definitely a character that has made an impact on my life due to how much I relate to her and how strong her sense of justice is.


    • Because of how I relate to Elphaba, I have such a personal bond to her and she means so much to me. I like her am smart, determined, talkative, unique, believe in equality, staying true to myself: I have all of that in myself. How much I relate to Elphaba is a huge reason why she is my favorite musical character and of how strong and complex and courageous she is


      • Definitely! Elphie is a character that I have related to since childhood but now, more than ever, I relate to her. She is one of those characters that has really grown in my perception of her with time!


      • My vulnerable level when it comes to her grows with her as time goes by and I am quite surprised and I always think it isn’t going to growing anymore.

        But last year I knew it was going it to happen only because of “I’m Not That Girl”-it would be my first time coming in viewing that song as a heartbreaking song so I knew I would more vulnerable with Elphaba. I already knew the song was sad before the fourth time, but 3rd time and before calling the song heartbreaking was something I never said

        Then “No Good Deed”, that was a big shocker: I always hated the song: growing up I hated the song: I never could find appreciation in the song at all and for the first ever while watching it for the first time, I finally found appreciation for that number and finally felt emotion for that song


      • “No Good Deed” was a song that I also didn’t like much growing up–perhaps I was misreading the emotions. To this day, I would say that the song is not a favorite of mine but that I can now somewhat like and appreciate it.


      • It is still not one of my favorites, but the song for the longest time ever seemed emotionless or read the emotions wrong. The fact that last year I finally found appreciation in a song I always hated really shows how incredible my Elphaba was.


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