The Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton, The Wizard of Oz 1939)
While there are numerous translations of this character from L. Candid Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900), the one yielding the most life span in popular culture is without inquiry the depiction by Margaret Hamilton in the 1939 film. Her notable distinct green skin compared with her coal black robes both consolidated and characterized the customary witch stylish. Alongside her hydrophobia and her flying-by-broomstick, TWWOTW superbly outlines regular parts of witch-legend, and helped built up these for endless ages who have watched her character in both dread and wonderment.
Just like the case for Glinda (#76) and Mombi (#48), I truly can’t represent the Wicked Witch’s delineation in the books from which they all start. What I do know, in any case, is that not normal for those two, I trust the Wicked Witch from the motion picture was ~not~ an amalgamation of a few characters from the books and has dependably been her novel and individual self. The Wicked Witch of the West of the book was allied with Mombi to partition and manage the land cardinally among malignant witches, and along these lines was not sister to the Witch of the East, yet an associate. Rather than a sweeper she had an umbrella, and had an eye fix with one all-seeing eye (the Graeae #64).
In the motion picture, the Wicked Witch embraces another arrangement of qualities. From the begin, she’s to some degree adapted by the demise of her sister (by the sentenced killer Dorothy Gale). This event sets her and Dorothy at chances, making her the fundamental adversary of the motion picture in a more unmistakable and significant path than her abstract forerunner. All through the film, we see the Wicked Witch epitomize numerous longstanding qualities that other underestimated witches have. Like Maleficent (#81), the Wicked Witch’s stronghold is far evacuated, looking like a strengthened fortification. Along these lines, the Wicked Witch exists outside of the standard political structure of Oz and is verifiably endeavoring to usurp that control. As we’ve seen all through this arrangement, witches dependably receive this job of remaining against the male centric society, regardless of whether it is Kings, Wizards, Presidents, or other men behind drapes. For what reason is the Wicked Witch evil, when the Wizard is the demonstrated sham?
The Wicked Witch likewise is by all accounts appeared with a well-known, anyway for her situation its a whole simian armed force. Through her winged animals, just as her floor brush, she undoubtedly claims the skies. Lamentably for her, her job as Dorothy’s rival puts TWW on a compressed lesson with our Kansas crusader. Despite how amazing the Wicked Witch seems, by all accounts, to be, Dorothy can discard her generally effectively. I’m not by any means certain where the folklore behind the water murdering the witch originated from, yet my tendency would be that it has its underlying foundations in the witch-chasing time routine with regards to witch dunking. Dunking was a type of torment when a blamed witch amid the seventeenth and eighteenth century was submerged in water. On the off chance that she glided, she was a witch. On the off chance that she sank, she was honest, however frequently effectively dead. This dull history, to me in any event, understands the Wicked Witch’s aquaphobia.
The Wicked Witch was really an unparalleled scalawag, ingraining dread in the hearts, brains, and spirits of innumerable youngsters. Her physical appearance has added to many years of witch-legend, and she is surely a standout amongst the most all around recalled witches. Her life span in our group social subliminal is best observed by the sheer number of translations and appearances this character has, most as of late in ABC’s Once Upon a Time, just as many others. The Wicked Witch, in particular, was given her opportunity at reclamation in Gregory Maguire’s tale Wicked (and in the melodic of a similar name dependent on the book). Here, we see the “genuine” side of the Wicked Witch, named Elphaba, and a thoughtful focal point that clarifies her green skin, the passing of her sister, and her strain with Glinda, Oz, and Dorothy. I generally acknowledge when witches are allowed the chance to clarify their activities—particularly when those activities start from a novel written in 1900 or a film discharged in 1939. The view of ladies, and witches, has changed drastically from that point forward, and those equivalent activities today are deciphered in a completely extraordinary way. As Margaret Hamilton put it to Mr. Rogers: “Some of the time we believe she’s simply mean, and a terrible individual… however you need to consider her perspective… that it wasn’t as upbeat a period as she needed it to be… ”
In the event that Glinda’s primary commitment to the historical backdrop of black magic was her foundation and fortification of the polarity between Good Witches and Bad Witches (as I examined in her post #76), the Wicked Witch’s commitment would absolutely be her scandalous line “I’ll get you my lovely, and your little canine as well!” This one line struck the dread of the witch into another age, in any case, there remains something just so darn affable about her. Maybe this was Hamilton’s capacity as an entertainer, or the way that as a general public we perceptively realized that the Wicked Witch would get a popular culture recovery account. Whatever the reason, I challenge you to discover one professional of current black magic who, in a snapshot of outrage, hasn’t rehashed those accurate words to a foe. Disturb me, and I’ll upset you. Also, Everybody. You. Love. The Wicked Witch is pretty boss, and keeping in mind that I don’t overlook creature misuse, I can’t stand poor pet proprietorship. Lesson of the story? Train your damn puppy Dorothy!
“Indeed, even witches must have pockets!” – Margaret Hamilton