Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Which witch is Which?

So, mainly because I don't really have a lot to talk about today, and also because I have a weird predilection for witches, I'm just going to give you some famous literature witches today in honor of all the crazy Halloween stuff that's going to be happening in the next few weeks.

Probably the most famous witch is the Wicked Witch of the West.  She first appeared in The Wizard of Oz in 1900.  She was mean and scary and ugly and probably embodied every single idea we ever had when we thought of witches. 

Alternatively, Glinda opposed every stereotype we ever had of witches.  She was good and sweet & beautiful and had good magic.  Not to mention she wore that baller pink dress.

If we really want to go back to and early idea of witches, let's talk William Shakespeare.  The Weird Sisters showed up in MacBeth, predicting MacBeth's downfall.  They are creepy and have had multiple incarnations, not to mention influenced numerous modern literary works, like Harry Potter.

And speaking of Harry Potter, let's talk about Hermione Granger.  One of the great things Rowling did (other than make totally awesome, believable and fun children's books), was give us this idea that witches are actually AWESOMELY badass.  Hermione is actually the smartest & most conniving one of the three of them.  Let's face it, Harry might be the main character, but he would have died in book one had it not been for Hermione.

So who is your favorite witch?

1 comment:

  1. I love the Wizard of Oz, but truthfully, Glinda was a little bit cray. I mean, she made Dorothy go through all of that trouble when all she had to do was click her heals together. I think she was a little bit sadistic. I actually love the way Glinda and the Wicked Witch (aka Elphaba) are portrayed in Wicked.