Thursday, 6 August 2009

The Witch of Oz

Margaret Hamilton’s wicked witch of the west is green for a reason. All her evil bravado and mockery cloaks her envy—that famous image of her green hands reaching out for Dorothy’s splendid scarlet shoes is an icon not of covetousness but precisely envy, since in her heart the witch knows she will never have them. It’s that knowledge that makes her so foul tempered. Whether she realizes it or not.

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