In A Wrinkle in Time, how do the characters take on the problem?

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The main characters in the novel are faced with the problem of bringing Dr. Murry home from the planet Camazotz, where he is being held prisoner. Their biggest challenge is confronting the evil that has taken over Camazotz. The face of that evil is "IT," a disembodied brain that wants...

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The main characters in the novel are faced with the problem of bringing Dr. Murry home from the planet Camazotz, where he is being held prisoner. Their biggest challenge is confronting the evil that has taken over Camazotz. The face of that evil is "IT," a disembodied brain that wants to synchronize everyone into total conformity to its will.

Meg and Charles Wallace, two of Dr. Murry's children, are sent to rescue him, along with their friend Calvin. Before they get to the planet, they have the help of the three mysterious women, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, who offer them "gifts" to fight the power of darkness on the planet. Once there, the three children have only each other to rely on. After Charles Wallace's mind is taken over by IT, Calvin and Meg work together as they fight to withstand mind control. Meg also uses the special spectacles she was given by Mrs. Who, and her "faults," such as stubbornness and anger, to resist IT and rescue her father. Calvin uses his gift of communication. Together, they are able to tesser with Dr. Murry back to earth.

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The main issue of the story is that Dr. Alex Murray has mysteriously disappeared while working on a secret government project.  The mysterious Mrs. Whatsit arrives at the Murray's home on "a dark and stormy night" and tells the Murray family there is a such thing as a tesseract (or, a Wrinkle in Time, as the book is named for).

Meg and Charles Wallace, children of Dr. Murray, along with the help of their friend Calvin, tesseract throughout the universe to try to find their father.  Eventually, he's found on Camazotz, a planet ruled by a dark force referred to as IT.  Dr. Murray manages to tesseract out of the planet with Meg and Calvin, but Charles Wallace is left behind under the thrall of IT.  Meg uses the power of her love for her brother to save him, and they all tesseract back to Earth.

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