The Wicked Truth is the thinking person's guide to the wildly successful Broadway musical Wicked. Using political, social, and historical examples, it explores the ways in which modern society is not so different than the mythical Land of Oz. The Wicked Truth challenges the very framework of our culture, our understanding of Good and Evil, as well as our sense of right andThe Wicked Truth is the thinking person's guide to the wildly successful Broadway musical Wicked. Using political, social, and historical examples, it explores the ways in which modern society is not so different than the mythical Land of Oz. The Wicked Truth challenges the very framework of our culture, our understanding of Good and Evil, as well as our sense of right and wrong. Whether you've seen the show or not, discovering The Wicked Truth's broad application, to everything from personal relationships to how our society is governed, will leave you spellbound....
|Title||:||The Wicked Truth: When Good People Do Bad Things|
|Number of Pages||:||215 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Wicked Truth: When Good People Do Bad Things Reviews
This book serves as something of an accessible introduction to the ideas of Rene Girard. What Ross does is use Girard's ideas about culture and applies them to the musical Wicked. Familiarity with the play is a definite plus, and having some background on Girard's often difficult to understand theories doesn't hurt, but Ross does a nice job explaining and applying those. For fans of Wicked who have always suspected that there's more to the story than meets the eye, this is an excellent opportunity to get some perspective on its possible deeper meaning. I'd wondered for some time if it might be possible to apply Girard's work to the play and appreciate that fact that Ross did the work for me. I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could.
This is an interesting philosophical read about what goodness is using the musical Wicked (which I love) to explore the issue. She raises some fascinating points using the ideas of Rene Girard, but I sometimes felt like I was reading a college paper rather than a published book. Things to think about include* Everyone ... will confess to being a victim, but no one wants to admit to being an oppressor.* Instead of willingly allowing another to suffer for my own good, I will choose to endure suffering for the good of others.* Good people do bad things when their need to be good becomes more important than their need to do good.* [The hope is to get to the point that:] good people see evil in themselves, goodness in their enemies, and mourn the death of witches.
Ross' explanation of Girard's mimetic theory is both accessible and engaging. It is worth every one of the 5 stars. This is important content concerning a complex concept. Ross presents it with many examples from the musical Wicked and other literature that will make sense to a broad reading audience.