Today, I will talk about Glinda. I don’t know Glinda quite as well as Elphaba, but I do love Glinda. Glinda is complex and very funny and becomes Elphaba’s best friend.
Possible Spoiler Alert:
Glinda opens up Wicked. The scene is during “No One Mourns the Wicked” where the citizens of OZ are celebrating the Wicked Witch of the West’s death. Glinda eventually arrives by bubble and asks the citizens a question: “are people born wicked or is wickedness thrust upon them?”. She tells the citizens the story of the Wicked Witch of the West’s birth and that she did have a father and mother.
One citizen asks her was she the Wicked Witch of the West’s friend during “Dear Old Shiz”. The rest of the show is told as a flashback. Galinda is from the Upper Upplands and you quickly learn that Galinda is popular. Galinda hopes to study sorcery while at Shiz. During a misunderstanding, Galinda and Elphaba became roommates and they are rather reluctant and they just dislike each other
In Doctor Dillamond’s class, he cannot pronounce Galinda’s name correctly and that does seem to annoy her. He seems to pronounce it as Glinda not Galinda. “Dancing Through Life” is when Fiyero arrives and Galinda wants to go out with him because he is the Winkie prince. Boq asks Galinda and she wanting to go with Fiyero asks him to ask Nessa, who is in a wheelchair as a favor and Boq agrees in order to please Galinda. Now Galinda asks Fiyero and the two go out together and Galinda believes they are meant for each other.
Some students wanting to play a trick on Elphaba asks Glinda if she would ask Elphaba to wear this silly pointed hat to the dance. Galinda disliking her roommate so much agrees to go along with the students. At the dance, Galinda learning from Madame Morrible that Elphaba dropped out of her sorcery program and decided to give Galinda the spot and Galinda cannot believe her roommate decided to that. Elphaba arrives to the dance and all of the students poke fun at the hat. Elphaba tries to dance and obviously doesn’t know how to and Galinda does feel bad and joins in on Elphaba’s dance and creates something magical out of the dance. For the first time, the two girls bonded.
After the dance, for the first time, the two girls finally no longer hate each other. Galinda shares a secret with Elphaba and it is rather silly. She shares her and Fiyero are going to get married, but he hasn’t proposed. Elphaba shares her secret of why her father hates her and Galinda tries to calm Elphaba and agrees to give Elphaba a makeover. Galinda is for sure a girly girl. “Popular” is a fun scene and is also a comical scene as well. She is obviously very outgoing.
The next scene, Doctor Dillamond was taken away and in honor of the teacher, Galinda decided to change her name to Glinda because that was how he kept on pronouncing her name. Then there’s the whole train station scene and Elphaba has been invited to see the Wizard and she agrees to take her best friend with him.
In “One Short Day”, they spend the in Emerald City. When Elphaba meets the Wizard, she realizes that the Wizard has no powers and she does a spell to give monkeys wings and he wants to use them as spies to keep an eye an animal activity and Elphaba realizes the Wizard was responsible for the bad things happening to the animals.
Glinda tries to have Elphaba apologize to the Wizard and return the Grimarrie after she ran out, but Elphaba found a new purpose in life and Elphaba realizes that it is the Wizard that should be afraid of her. This is when the two girls each go two different paths: Elphaba finds a new purpose in life and Glinda does side with the Wizard even though I still cannot clearly figure out why.
Now its the beginning of act II. Part of why maybe Glinda sided with the Wizard is because she was popular and didn’t want to lose that kind of status. But in this scene, she could not stand hearing those rumors spread about Elphaba. Fiyero didn’t like hearing those rumors spread either and Fiyero hurts Glinda even further by realizing through all of those hurtful comments that he loves Elphaba and breaks up with Glinda. Glinda goes through a lot of hurt and pain in act II due to what people are saying about her best friend.
When Glinda arrives at the Wizard’s castle, she sees Fiyero and Elphaba leave together and she feels betrayed by both of them. She was in a relationship with Fiyero and he left her and Elphaba ended up falling in love with the man that she loved. In the whole catfight scene, Glinda and Elphaba were equally upset. Glinda for losing Fiyero and Elphaba for losing Nessa.
“For Good” is the most emotional moment in the entire musical. Elphaba and Glinda have reunited, but it is the last time they will ever see each other. Elphaba asked Glinda if she will continue what she has started and hands her the grimmarie. Glinda has realized that only one friend has truly mattered and Elphaba only has had one friend in her life. The two girls may have fought at times, but they still have such a special bond, but still they will never see each other again. In so many ways, their love for Fiyero has tested their friendship in so many ways.
At the end, Glinda believes that Elphaba has died, but Glinda will continue the work that Elphaba has started. Elphaba has changed Glinda’s life for the better.
To be honest, this is the best I can do with this analysis. I know this might feel less full than Elphaba’s. Glinda is complex, young, funny and popular. I will analyze Fiyero tomorrow, the last of the three characters that I love and I hope I can figure out why I love him.