Knowledge & Truth

The Wizard In Front of the Wizard Head

The truth is not a thing of fact or reason, the truth is just what ev’ryone agrees on. Where I’m from, we believe all sorts of things that aren’t true. We call it– ‘history’.


Don’t make a sound, your Ozness. Unless you want all your guests to know the truth about the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.


1: the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association
2: the circumstance or condition of apprehending truth or fact through reasoning

1: the property [as of a statement] of being in accord with fact or reality
2: a(n) idea that is true or accepted as true
3: in accordance with fact

Recall three characters or moments in WICKED that display examples of “Knowledge & Truth.” What about these characters or moments make them examples of “Knowledge & Truth” to you?

Reflect on and describe what “Knowledge & Truth” means to you and why “Knowledge & Truth” is important in your life. Name three trusted people or sources you can turn to when seeking out “Knowledge & Truth.” What makes these people or sources credible?

When have you encountered instances or sources of “Knowledge & Truth” in your community? List three ways “Knowledge & Truth” positively impact your community. What are some possible action steps you can take to encourage “Knowledge & Truth” in your community, home, or personal life?

The News Literacy Project, National Association for Media Literacy Education, and Media Smarts have resources and tools for discerning “Knowledge & Truth” within the information we consume!

We encourage you to visit these sites and explore!

“I see ‘Knowledge & Truth’ exemplified in WICKED during the Wizard’s Chamber scene where Elphaba discovers that the Wizard has no real powers. Her previous ‘Knowledge’ that the Wizard is powerful and wonderful dissolves away, and she is left with the ‘Truth’ that he has simply manipulated the masses into believing in his propaganda.”

– Marina Lazzaretto, WICKED Company Member

Glinda and Elphaba Smiling in the Emerald Center