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In A Wrinkle in Time, how is Calvin’s home life different from Meg’s? How is his school life different from Meg’s?  

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To those standing on the outside looking in, Calvin has the superior home life. Unlike Meg, both his parents are alive and well, offering support for both his academic and sports endeavors. Calvin is the model student: bright and athletic, with two loving parents. Meg is the troublemaker: the product of a broken home, a child whose parents put their scientific pursuits above the well-being of their own children. However, things are not always what they seem.

Calvin's parents are demanding and dismissive of what he wants. In their mind, greatness is to be expected, and anything less is a failure on their son's part. On the other hand, Meg's mother and father (when we later make her father's acquaintance) encourage their children to ponder the impossible and pursue goals that other people find fanciful. Meg's parents want their children to be the best versions of themselves, whatever that may look like. Calvin's parents have his whole...

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