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Some things that I have thought about after finishing:
The Wizard is, of course, from our world like Dorothy. From what Elphaba dreamed about him, you can gather that he was suicidal and was also discriminated against for being Irish. He was considered a low class citizen in our world, but in Oz he is revered and made ruler. I'm thinking that this is the reason he subjugated and enslaved the Animals. It was some strange form of revenge. Maybe if he hadn't have been suicidal and unstable, he would have been in a better state of mind, and he would have actually sympathized with the plight of the Animals for he had once been in a similar position as them.
As for the Philosophy Club, I'm not really sure how that is supposed to fit in with the themes of the story. The only connection it has to the plot is that it causes Tibbett to go delirious and eventually die at the nunnery place under Elphaba's care. But Tibbett was a pretty minor character so I'm not sure what the purpose this part of the story served.
I think that there was a sexual relationship between Frex and Turtle Heart. He speaks of Turtle Heart with the same kind of love he speaks of for Melena. He also is apparently aware of Melena and Turtle Heart's relationship and it only seems to make him love the both of them even more. There's no smoking gun of evidence, but since the author seems to be implying that there was something sexual going on between Frex and Turtle Heart, it's safe to assume that that's the way it was meant to be interpreted.
I actually don't mind the inconsistencies between the 1939 film and this book since I kind of see this book standing on its own.