What are Your Feelings of Love Triangles in Musicals?

It is no surprise that most musicals are home to romance. Because I have been analyzing Wicked characters recently, I want to talk about love triangles in this post. In a love triangle, two people are in love with one person and things are never easy because someone gets the unrequited love, which is a heartbreaking situation to get caught up in, which was originally seen as just sad, which eventually I discovered was heartbreaking. Wicked is home to a love triangle, a love triangle that is extra special to me and is also my favorite. What exactly makes me fall in love with a love triangle in a musical? For me, I want to feel emotionally drawn to a love triangle and I want it to feel unique.

Spoilers ahead:

Elphaba, Glinda, Fiyero

This love triangle is the first one I ever emotionally connected to and ever seen. This is in my opinion is also the most complicated one. Glinda and Elphaba are two best friends, who are both in love with Fiyero. At first, it seems like Glinda and Fiyero are endgame, but a plot twist happens and Fiyero and Elphaba end up being the final couple. In so many ways, the love the two best friends have for Fiyero strengthens and tests their friendship. The friendship after all is the true center of the musical so the love triangle is crucial the development of their friendship. This love triangle provides a fascinating texture to the musical, which is something I started to understand in high school.

The two best friends, the plot twist, the growth of the three characters makes this love triangle a wonderful, but complex love triangle.

Unrequited love song: “I’m Not That Girl”

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Cosette, Marius, Eponine

This love triangle is more straightforward than Wicked’s. It isn’t silly and fits nicely into Les Mis. Cosette represents hope and light in the midst of all the tragic events going on so I love that she falls in love with Marius. While everything is sad on Eponine’s part, I love that she brings Marius and Cosette together and shows true love towards Marius. One of the most fascinating parts about Les Mis is the switch that happens between Eponine and Cosette so it makes sense that Eponine gets unrequited love in the end. One overall theme in Les Mis is love, which occurs in all aspects, which is why the love triangle fits nicely into this musical.

In so many ways, this love triangle made me understand that unrequited love is quite heartbreaking and painful and I was able to connect and bring that understanding to Wicked’s love triangle. What makes me love this love triangle? This love triangle like Wicked’s provides an interesting texture and brings a youthfulness. In many ways, I love this love triangle mostly because of Eponine due to how strong her love for Marius is.

Unrequited love song: “On My Own”

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Phantom, Raoul Christine

The entire plot of Phantom of the Opera centers on the love triangle between Christine, Phantom, and Raoul. The love triangle feels like it is the most complex, but in reality it really isn’t. This is the love triangle I understand the least of the three. The love triangle is dark and mysterious due to the Phantom and that character honestly doesn’t respond well to unrequited love. He wants to take revenge when Christine fell in love with Raoul, but to be honest Christine never loved the Phantom.

This love triangle, I honestly don’t know why I love it. It still stands out.

Unrequited love song: “All I Ask Of You (Reprise)”

Romance is a beautiful part of musicals and love triangles are really complicated thanks to unrequited love. I first started to be aware of love triangle with Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero and knew about the fascinating texture and then the Les Mis love triangle  showed me that unrequited love is heartbreaking, but not just sad like I once believed and then the Phantom love triangle I have no idea what to think of it.

What do you think makes a good love triangle in a musical?

Conclusion of Analyzing Wicked Characters

The past couple of days, I have spent my blog posts analyzing the Wicked characters. Some of these characters were characters I tend to overtook and some I love, but didn’t know how to analyze and one I fully understood.

In the case of Madame Morrible and the Wizard, I spend some much overlooking them and not even caring about them. I tend to forget about their journeys as well. I don’t even care about them.

Just like Madame Morrible and the Wizard and Boq, I tend to overlook them as well. But through analyzing them, I realized that I don’t overlook them as much as I thought. They are actually part of the complex romantic arc that is in Wicked, which actually creates a love pentagon of sorts.

When it comes to Elphaba, Fiyero, and Glinda, I love them. They are characters that I am emotionally connected to. All three of them are part of a confusing love triangle. Glinda and Elphaba are best friends who originally hate each other. Fiyero and Glinda learn to accept Elphaba for who she really is and that is a huge reason why I love them. Glinda is outgoing, funny, and popular and Fiyero truly matures throughout the course of the musical because he does start out as being rather rude.

Elphaba is a character that means so much to me. She means more to me than Glinda and Fiyero. She is strong, smart, determined, big-hearted, talkative, courageous, unique, and believes in equality and staying true to herself.

It is crazy analyzing these characters if you only spent time getting to know three of them. So trying to write an analysis for Boq, Nessa, Madame Morrible, and the Wizard is crazy because I never really took the time to get to know them.

Who is your favorite Wicked character or characters and why?

Analysis of Madame Morrible/ The Wizard

Both the Wizard and Madame Morrible are the antagonists of Wicked. The reason why I combined them in one post is because of how much little knowledge I have of Madame Morrible in the first place.

Major Spoilers:

Madame Morrible:

We first meet Madame Morrible at Shiz University. She is a Sorcery teacher and is very particular of what students she wants in her program. By seeing Elphaba’s powers, she sees that Elphaba’s powers will be very valuable with the Wizard. She recommends Elphaba to meet up with the Wizard. Throughout her time at Shiz, we learn that Madame Morrible is very skilled at controlling the weather.

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We later learn that Madame Morrible has become secretary with the Wizard. It is discovered that she is one of the main antagonists in Wicked. She is the one in act II who sent the tornado, which killed Nessa. Madame Morrible meets her end by being sent to jail by Glinda. Of all the Wicked characters, I know of Madame Morrible the least.

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The Wizard: 

When you first hear of the Wizard, you think he is wonderful. That is what Elphaba thinks he is. She thinks that if she works with him, she will finally be accepted for who she is. You first meet the Wizard after “One Short Day”. During “One Sentimental Man”, you learn that what one thing the Wizard wants more anything is to be a father. But you do learn that he is a man of limited power and that is he is responsible of stripping the animals of their rights. He has Elphaba do a spell on a monkey, which makes him grow wings, which is quite painful, which made a ton of monkeys grow wings and it was discovered that the Wizard just wants to use the monkeys as spies to keep an eye on animal activity.

The Wizard just seems to care about is power. He makes the citizens of OZ believe that Elphaba is Wicked, but that isn’t even true. He wants more and more power because he is the Wizard of OZ after all. At the end of Wicked, the Wizard discovers that he is in fact Elphaba’s biological father and this devastates him because he did a wrong on Elphaba’s part. Due to that, the Wizard left OZ for good. The Wizard truly realized his mistake in the end. Madame Morrible and the Wizard make quite an interesting pair, but I still tend to overlook them.

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Analysis of Nessa

Nessa is another Wicked character that I keep on overlooking. Like Boq, she is secondary and she also is involved in the romantic complex that is found in Wicked.

Major Spoilers:

Nessa is Elphaba’s younger sister, who is disabled and in a wheelchair. Her father spoils Nessa, which shows that Nessa is favored over her sister. Nessa’s father made special arrangements for Nessa to stay with Madame Morrible.

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In the whole “Dancing Through Life” scene, Glinda kindly asks Boq to ask Nessa to the dance. This is where Nessa fits into the whole romantic complex that is in Wicked. Well, during the dance, Boq tries to tell Nessa why he asked her to the dance, but wasn’t able to . Nessa believed it was because he felt sorry for her. Boq quickly goes to tell her that she is beautiful. Well, Nessa has fallen in love in Boq. Well, so Nessa loves Boq and Boq loves Glinda and Glinda loves Fiyero. Boy, Wicked has a complicated romantic arc.

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Many scenes later in act II, Nessa has become governor of Munckinland after her father died. Elphaba has arrived to try to ask Nessa for help because she knows that her father will listen to Nessa. It turns out that Elphaba’s father died out of shame. It seems that Nessa has betrayed her sister. But through Nessa’s role as governor, she has imprisoned all the Munchkins because she is so in love with Boq. Nessa really believes that Elphaba has betrayed her and hasn’t done any good for her. Elphaba realizes there is something she can do for her sister and puts a spell on Nessa’s shoes and it allows her to walk for the first time.

Boq seeing that Nessa no longer needs her assistance wants to find Glinda to tell Glinda about his love for her. Well, this angers Nessa seeing that Boq doesn’t love her and discovering about the spell book tries to put a spell on Boq to keep him from going, but the spell went wrong, which caused Boq’s heart to start shrinking. Nessa seeing the damage she has done urgently asks Elphaba to save him and Elphaba turns him to tin because it is the only spell that can. Well, after Boq wakes up, Nessa actually places the blame on Elphaba so in the end Nessa really does betray her sister.

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Nessa becomes the Wicked Witch of the East in the End. Her being able to walk is short lived. She is killed by a house at the end and that is always overlooked it seems. Nessa and Boq’s fates keep on being overlooked in Wicked it seems, but makes sense in a way. Each time I see Wicked, I still approach it from the point of view as a 12 year old, but the emotions are felt much deeper than that age.

Boy, if I have to look at the romantic complex, that is a lot. Nessa loves Boq and Boq loves Glinda and Glinda and Elphaba love Fiyero and the main focus is on Elphaba and Glinda. Nessa is a character that I feel like is odd to overlook. If I have such a personal bond, why on earth do I keep on overlooking Nessa?  Then again, the center of the story is Glinda and Elphaba. She has a song in the musical called “Wicked Witch of the East”, but that song isn’t even in the soundtrack.

Analysis of Boq

Boq is a character from Wicked that I keep on overlooking. I think that is very easy to do. For starters, he is a secondary character and he doesn’t have song of his own. Boq is an unusually tall Munchkin. A lot of his character revolves around his unrequited love for Glinda. Well, Wicked’s love arc is more complicated than it might seem. The past two days, I made it seem like Wicked is home mainly to a love triangle. Well, it is mainly focused on the love triangle between Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero.

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Well, things get even more complicated now that we add Boq to the picture. Now it sounds like Wicked is home to a love rectangle. Glinda is so oblivious to the fact that Boq loves him. Boq is the character who would do anything to please Glinda. One obvious example is found during “Dancing Through Life”.  He asks Glinda out to the school, but Glinda not being in love with him asks him for a huge favor which is asking Elphaba’s younger sister out, who is disabled out to the dance. Boq seeing how happy this would make Glinda does as she says.

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At the school dance, Boq is not able to confess to Nessa the real reason why he asked her to the dance, which makes Nessa believe they are meant for each other. To continue to please Glinda, Boq continues to assist Nessa even when the Munchkins are imprisoned and eventually tries to leave to find Glinda after hearing that she is engaged to Fiyero. Nessa out of anger cast a spell on Boq, which caused his heart to shrink and in order to save his life, Elphaba had no choice, but to turn him to tin. Nessa literally makes Boq believe that Elphaba purposely turned him to tin, but what Boq didn’t realize that if he wasn’t turned to tin, he would have died.

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Boq honestly thought that Elphaba’s action of of turning him into a tin man was wicked so he became part of the hunt of finding Elphaba. But still, a lot of his story revolves around his unrequited love for Glinda. Still, Boq is hard to even spend time with and even analyze. I feel like the story keeps on leaning you towards the characters of Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero. I still don’t know if he even has grown on me or not. Tomorrow’s analysis is on Nessa, who is another character I keep on overlooking.

 

Analysis of Fiyero

To be honest, Fiyero is a hard character to get to know. He is a character that doesn’t seem that complex, but in reality he really is. I already told you about Elphaba and Glinda, two characters that I love, and now there’s Fiyero, the last of three characters that I am emotionally drawn to. To be honest, I will do the best I can, but I cannot guarantee I will have a fully drawn out analysis of Fiyero.

Possible Major or Minor Spoilers:

When we first meet Fiyero, he is rather rude and throws a book at Elphaba. He has been kicked out of several schools and does not seem to care about anything. He only cares about having a good time and partying at school and does not seem to care about studying. His motto is basically “dancing through life. We learn that he is in fact the Winkie Prince. He decides to arrange the students of Shiz to go out to a dance because no one seems to do anything fun around there. Galinda wants to go out with him because he is one of the cool guys and due to his prince status.

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In class, Elphaba seeing a scared lion cub casts a spell out of anger and for some odd reason, it did not affect Fiyero. The two run off into the woods to free it. This is one important scene. If you pay attention, there are clues that Fiyero might have a crush on Elphaba, but at the time he might not realize it. He still is involved in a relationship with Galinda, but in reality he might be falling for Elphaba. The way he is talking to her and interacting with her gives clues that he might be developing a crush for her.

Elphaba still finds Fiyero rather annoying, but at least he isn’t so rude anymore and Fiyero tries to get Elphaba to tell her why her spell didn’t affect him and in that moment she realizes that she is falling in love with him and was scared to tell him and couldn’t tell him because it was her best friend that loves him so that was a test of friendship right there.

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Then there is the train station scene. He brings Elphaba flowers. So there are hints in act I that he might be developing a crush on Elphaba. Act II is a big step for Fiyero. Throughout “Thank Goodness”, he hears all of these rumors spread about Elphaba and he is shocked by those rumors and knows they are not true. Just by hearing those rumors, he realizes that he loves Elphaba and breaks up with Glinda. So there is an unexpected love triangle plot twist: that the unrequited love goes from Elphaba to Glinda in the midst of it all and in many ways the love triangle tests the friendship.

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Fiyero is able to understand and see who Elphaba really is. He has fallen in love with her. During “As Long As Your’e Mine”, the two confess their love for each other. You never see it coming. So the hints in act I were essential to understanding why Fiyero left Glinda for Elphaba in the first place.

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After the whole catfight scene Elphaba almost was arrested. But Fiyero came to Elphaba’s rescue because he loves her. Because he defended Elphaba, he was sent to the field to possibly be tortured. Elphaba desperately tried to save him and she thought she failed. But at the very end of the musical, Elphaba realized she did save his life. But her spell turned him into a scarecrow, but Fiyero didn’t care because her spell saved his life.

Boy, Fiyero is hard to get to know. He starts out as a very rude and annoying and cool teenager and eventually becomes a courageous and mature young man. I feel like my love for him might come from the fact that he learns to see Elphaba for who she really is and comes from the fascinating and complex love triangle. Like really: what other musical love triangle is home to two best friends, which is also home to an unexpected plot twist?

Analysis of Glinda

Today, I will talk about Glinda. I don’t know Glinda quite as well as Elphaba, but I do  love Glinda. Glinda is cloveomplex 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.

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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

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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 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.

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After the dance, for the first time, the two girls finally no longer hate each other. Galinda shares a secret with Galinda 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.