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Wicked Written by Gregory Maguire & No Way Back Written by Linda Newbery - Is conformity and stability more desirable than individuality and freedom for the female characters in these two texts?

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Nicholas Kinnaird Text 1: Wicked Written by Gregory Maguire Text 2: No Way Back Written by Linda Newbery Is conformity and stability more desirable than individuality and freedom for the female characters in these two texts? Word Count: 1002 Throughout both Gregory Maguire's Wicked and Linda Newbery's No Way Back it is clearly shown through key female characters that conformity and stability are more desirable than individuality and freedom. These characters are Glinda and Elphaba from Wicked and Ellie and Natalie from No Way Back. Both Glinda and Ellie look for conformity and stability and Elphaba and Natalie desire individuality and freedom within their texts. Maguire's key female character, Glinda, looks for conformity and stability throughout her life. Being from Gillikin, Glinda is expected to marry into a rich social strata and to be the ultimate socialite. She conforms to this expectation and the reader is manipulated to think she is happy. ...read more.

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Ellie conforms to this by not joining in the fuss during history and not being involved in the theft. Newbery manipulates the reader to believe that Ellie is a goody-two-shoes that can not do anything wrong. "She'd [Ellie] had only one detention before in her whole school life..." [page 64]. This quotation shows that Ellie does conform to the expectations of her. Ellie conforming to the expectations of her means that she gets the stability that she desires in her life. Like anyone, Ellie receives stability from her family and friends. The stability from her family never falters at any time during the text. But when the stability from her best friend Amanda falters it leaves Ellie lost both at school and at the stables. "This really wasn't fair of Amanda, Ellie thought..." [page 91]. This loss of stability leaves Ellie emotionally lost mostly at school. Due to Ellie relying so heavily on Amanda to be there for her, the shock of her not being there hurts Ellie deeply. ...read more.

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It isn't until the end of the text when we see that Natalie's mother does care. Natalie believes that because her mother does not care she has the freedom to do what she wants. "I bet you've never even tried [cigarettes], have you, Ell?" [page 151]. This refers to the freedom she has even though Natalie is about 15 years of age. Similar to Elphaba, Natalie is ostracised from her friend and eventually gets expelled from school. Sometimes it is good to be an individual and free, but like everything in life, it comes at a cost. Glinda and Ellie being conformist and having stability leaves them better off. Whereas Elphaba and Natalie desiring individuality and freedom are worst off, because they get ostracised from the people they care about. Therefore, as shown through the key female characters conformity and stability are more desirable than individuality and freedom as shown in both Maguire's Wicked and Newbery's No Way Back. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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