Why Elphaba is a Map to what I Want in a Musical Character

Elphaba is my favorite musical character and she is one of the two protagonists from Wicked. I almost feel like she is a map to characteristics I want in a musical character. That is mostly because there are many admirable characteristics that she has. I tend to lean towards complex, strong, brave and big-hearted character and those are characteristics you can find in Elphaba. In addition, I want characters to be flawed, which makes them even more real. Complexity is an important characteristic because there is so much to a character and those characters you end to find something new. In terms of bravery, it shows that they don’t mind risking their life for the sake of others or they truly fight for something they believe in. In terms of big-hearted, it shows how caring and compassionate they are for others and that is such a beautiful characteristic to have. Strong characters, like Elphaba, shows that they can make it through rough and tough situations and that they don’t care what others think of them and they tend to be strong in many ways.

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What I Love about Belle

Belle is one of the Disney princesses and she is one of the best ones. There are many reasons to love her. She is quite a strong, independent and brave girl. She strongly loves her father. She is very different from her town mainly because she is a bookworm. Her being a bookworm is something that I can relate to. She rescues her father from the Beast’s castle by agreeing to take her father’s place and that takes an incredible act of bravery.

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While at the castle, she teaches the Beast to love. She eventually falls in love with him as the story continues. She learns that beauty comes from within.  Belle teaches the Beast many life lessons. She is constantly annoyed by the Beast’s anger, but she eventually helps him. Even though she is a prisoner in the Beast’s castle, she takes him back after he got hurt from saving Belle from the wolves. You start to see their love unfold during “Something There” and later during “Beauty and the Beast”. Beast eventually lets Belle go but after Belle realizes that Gaston and the town are going to hurt the Beast, she realizes just how much she loves the Beast and she goes back to try to save him. So Belle is such one of the best Disney princesses.

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Reasons to Love Elphaba

Besides Glinda, Elphaba is the second protagonist in Wicked. Not only is Elphaba my favorite character from Wicked, but she is also my all-time favorite character in musicals. That means that I have such a personal bond with her and there are many reasons to love the character.

For starters she is complex, strong, and brave, which are three characteristics I love about her. Her complexity helps her become real, her bravery shows up in different ways and you see her strength starting in “Defying Gravity”, but I think she is strong before the song. At one point she does show her bravery is when she decides to go up against the Wizard and when she tries to save Fiyero when he is in danger of being tortured.

Being a strong character means that you are able to thrive in tough situations and care about those in your life. Elphaba is also loyal, smart, determined, big-hearted and as Fiyero says talkative, and she believes in equality and staying true to herself.

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Her loyalty is shown when it comes to her best friend, Glinda. When the two both fall in love with Fiyero, when Glinda is in a relationship with him, she does not pursue him because she doesn’t want to destroy their friendship. So her friendship with Glinda is another reason why you can easily fall in love with her.  Elphaba can be impulsive at times and that is when you see her magical powers, but at the same she doesn’t know how to control them.

Many of these characteristics are things I can relate to, but not all of them. Like her, I am smart, determined, big-hearted, different, impulsive, and sometimes feel misunderstood at times, and believe in equality and staying true to myself. In addition, I can relate to the whole aspect of friendship. Because of my relatability with her, it is a huge reason why I have such a strong bond with her.  Because I cannot seem to separate Glinda from Elphaba, it makes Glinda my second favorite female musical character. Elphaba is one of the biggest reasons why Wicked is a spectacular musical.

Be Strong and Courageous

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you

-Joshua 1:9

It is easy to not trust in God at times and be discouraged at times. But God will always be with you. The road is never easy, but always easier when you walk the road with Him in your life. Do not be afraid of what it is come because the Lord will guide you. It can be easier to trust God at other moments in your life then others. Trusting in God is what helped me get through college and I will continue to trust to Him in my last year of college. We have to be strong to thrive through tough times and be bold and remember that God is with you no matter what. It can easy to be discouraged at times and forget to trust in Him, but He will always be with you. It is important to be courageous, which helps us be less afraid and helps us be stronger.

How do you view this piece of scripture?