The Witch is not the cliched evil witch from other fairy tales. She admits her faults when she says “I’m not good, I’m not nice, I’m just right,” and she indeed tends to be the wisest of all the characters, whether that comes from her life experience, or from her magical powers. She visits the Baker and his wife in the beginning of the show, and reveals to them that she placed a curse on the Baker’s family tree and also took his sister at birth (whom The Baker had no knowledge of). She tells them that they must find a list of odd items in the woods and bring them to her within three midnights if they wish for the curse to be reversed. When the curse is reversed at the end of Act One, her youth and beauty are restored, but she loses her magic. Her relationship with her adopted daughter Rapunzel (the child she stole from The Baker’s family) is very complicated: she loves her daughter more than anything else in the world, and shows that love by locking her in a tower to protect her from the outside world. The scheme actually seems to be less about keeping Rapunzel safe, and more about making sure that Rapunzel never loves anyone more than her mother. After Rapunzel disowns her and gets crushed by the Giant in Act Two, the Witch realizes that she failed at protecting her daughter and seems to give up on everything. She disappears in Act Two after telling the other characters that she may be the ‘evil witch’ but, really, they are all to blame.
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