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A Wrinkle in Time

The action in Madeleine L'Engle's delightful tale A Wrinkle in Time takes place across a number of settings, some “normal,” others fantastic. These settings stretch across the universe as Meg and...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2021, 2:38 pm (UTC)

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The novel is set in and reflects the mores and technology of a small town in New England in the early 1960s, the time when the book was written. There are no personal computers, no microwaves, and...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2017, 6:38 pm (UTC)

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Meg’s father was captured by It on the planet Camazotz. Meg’s father has disappeared and no one knows where he is. Meg’s father is a famous scientist who worked for the government, but he...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2015, 6:35 pm (UTC)

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The basic conflict in this novel is good versus evil, with evil manifested as mindless conformity and good as individualistic thinking, love, loyalty, and free will. The planet Camazotz is...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2019, 4:27 am (UTC)

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At the end of the book, love wins out over soullessness and hate; Meg matures and shows her competency; the Murry family is reunited; and Mrs. Whatsit, Who, and Which, their task completed,...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2019, 11:36 pm (UTC)

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The novel A Wrinkle in Time is the epitome of a "good vs. evil" story. The theme of the novel is that evil is an active, constant, present force that is consuming worlds and dimensions. This is on...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2019, 8:03 pm (UTC)

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During their time on Camazotz, the three children first receive instructions and warnings from Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which. Specifically, they tell Meg that her faults will be her...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2018, 8:56 pm (UTC)

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An internal conflict that readers should recognize early on is Meg's self-confidence struggles. She is exceptionally bright; however, she doesn't fit in. She is an outcast and doesn't fit in with...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2018, 8:24 pm (UTC)

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Calvin asks Meg hard questions about her father's disappearance, a touchy subject in the Murry family. He first repeats the rumor going around town that her father ran off with another woman. He...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2016, 2:49 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2018, 5:22 pm (UTC)

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After they escape, Meg feels angry at her father and Calvin for not seeming to share her urgency to go back and save Charles Wallace from Camazotz. She is especially angry at her father for leaving...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2018, 11:40 am (UTC)

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The children travel to three destinations with the mysterious women. First, before Meg and Calvin know what is happening, they find themselves whisked away, along with Charles Wallace, to the...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2018, 11:12 pm (UTC)

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Meg's personal problem seems to be the loss of her father. At the beginning of the novel, Meg is quite full of teenage angst. She seems to have the typical issue of not fitting in as well as having...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2016, 12:38 am (UTC)

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Meg Murry is the protagonist in A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, and she experiences many conflicts throughout the novel. The most significant earthly conflict Meg experiences is in school....

Latest answer posted September 5, 2013, 1:20 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2019, 9:51 pm (UTC)

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Meg is unhappy at school in A Wrinkle in Time for several reasons. First, she feels she doesn't fit in. Her hair doesn't look right, she wears braces on her teeth, she isn't athletic and "normal"...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2019, 10:28 pm (UTC)

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In chapter 4, Meg, Charles, and Calvin experience the bizarre feeling of a tesseract for the first time and are miraculously transported to the planet Uriel. The children suddenly find themselves...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2020, 12:05 pm (UTC)

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As Mrs. Whatsit and Charles Wallace explain to Meg and Calvin, there are five dimensions. The first three can be perceived by the human senses. Meg explains that the first dimension is a "line,"...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2020, 11:58 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Whatsit is a somewhat eccentric older woman. Mrs. Murry has never met her. At the opening of the novel, while Meg, Charles Wallace, and Mrs. Murry are having a late night snack of sandwiches...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2018, 12:14 pm (UTC)

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This is a question about personal reaction to a text, also called reader-response theory. I was not surprised the first time I read the novel that the children would go off with Mrs. Who, Mrs....

Latest answer posted August 7, 2019, 1:13 pm (UTC)

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A Wrinkle in Time takes place on different planets in the universe, including Earth, Uriel, Camazotz, and others. The setting affects the story because it allows the writer to comment on the way...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2016, 1:13 pm (UTC)

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Meg has to venture alone to Camazotz to free Charles Wallace because she knows him better than anyone else—and more importantly, he knows her. Mr. Murry has been away so long as a prisoner on...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2018, 1:41 pm (UTC)

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Meg reveals her impatience early in the novel when she tackles a boy from school who calls Charles Wallace "dumb" and gets a black eye as a result of her efforts. But it is on Camazotz that her...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2017, 11:35 am (UTC)

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Tessering, a significant part of the fiction of A Wrinkle in Time, is a mode of travel in the fifth dimension that utilizes the shortest route. It can be used in space and in time. When used in...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2011, 9:57 am (UTC)

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This is an interesting question because Calvin tries to explain the three characters to the beasts continually as Meg is recovering from her escape from the "Black Thing" in Chapter 11. However,...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2016, 10:05 am (UTC)

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The CENTRAL Central building represents the total control the machine government of IT has over individuals on the planet Camazotz. We learn there has been peace and high industrial output on the...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2019, 12:33 pm (UTC)

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In the novel, A Wrinkle in Time, the three women, Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Who, are all stars who, after fighting the darkness in space, have come to Earth to help Meg, Calvin, and...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2018, 5:06 pm (UTC)

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You fight the Black Thing with love. The Black Thing is a manifestation of evil. It overshadows Earth and other planets in the universe, and it currently has Meg’s father captive on the planet...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2015, 6:37 pm (UTC)

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It may be helpful to see all of what Mrs. Whatsit says about the sonnet:A sonnet is a very strict form of poetry is it not? There are fourteen lines, I believe, all in iambic pentameter. That's a...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2008, 8:17 am (UTC)

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At the beginning of the book, Meg recalls that her father, before he went away, had told her that Charles Wallace had a good mind and that Meg should not worry about him. Instead, Charles Wallace,...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2019, 12:53 pm (UTC)

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The Murry's live in a big, old-fashioned, drafty New England house that has been modernized with the addition of a garage, a laboratory (unusual in a home), and modern appliances. L'Engle draws us...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2019, 11:31 am (UTC)

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In Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, Charles Wallace is not a typical five-year-old. For one thing, this little boy is highly intelligent and intuitive. While he did not start talking until...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2021, 3:36 pm (UTC)

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When Charles Wallace is left behind on Camazotz under the power of the evil IT, Meg realizes that she is the most suitable person to try to retrieve him and bring him back home. This is because she...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2018, 8:23 pm (UTC)

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Camazotz is a planet shrouded in darkness or evil, and Meg, Calvin, and Charles Wallace have been sent there by Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Which and Mrs. Who to rescue Meg and Charles Wallace's father, who...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2016, 10:38 pm (UTC)

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The Dark Thing or Black Thing in A Wrinkle in Time represents evil of all types, and it takes over planets. Planets which have been fully enveloped by the Dark Thing are called dark planets, and...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2019, 2:48 pm (UTC)

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We're not told exactly why Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Who can't go to Camazotz. We know they are former stars, beings on the side of good and consisting of pure goodness themselves....

Latest answer posted June 11, 2018, 6:15 pm (UTC)

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I would love to give you one exact climax for this story, but I honestly think there are two possible climax points. The first possible climax is Meg finding and rescuing her father, Mr. Murry....

Latest answer posted September 5, 2015, 6:37 pm (UTC)

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This is one of the key questions in A Wrinkle in Time. Early in the story, no one has any idea what happened to Meg's father. In chapter three, Calvin and Meg are having a conversation, and Calvin...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2018, 11:13 pm (UTC)

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The main characters in A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’engle display perseverance, team work, and courage throughout the novel. Most prominently, in the final confrontation with IT, Meg shows...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2019, 11:23 pm (UTC)

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Charles Wallace understands that Meg is torn in understanding who she is. She is not like her younger brothers, the twins, who fit in comfortably at school, or like the other kids in school. She...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2007, 11:23 am (UTC)

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Mr. Murry calls Meg "Megaparsec," which is the term for 3.26 million light years, according to Meg.

Latest answer posted October 1, 2008, 8:49 am (UTC)

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In the book, the Thing is a representation of pure evil embodied by a very dark cloud which completely blocks out light. This Thing that threatens the entire universe has already taken over planet...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2015, 12:19 pm (UTC)

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As the novel establishes from the very beginning, and as Meg says, she's the one who is closest to Charles Wallace, and while she doesn't fully understand him, he understands her. Her father has...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016, 7:44 pm (UTC)

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In the first chapter of A Wrinkle in Time, we learn that our main character, Meg Murry, is not doing well in school in spite of how smart she is. In the second chapter, which is titled "Mrs. Who,"...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2018, 7:08 pm (UTC)

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The Black Thing is the power of evil, even Evil itself. L'Engle presents darkness as the absence of light, rather than just nothingness. Dark is totally opposite of light. "The light shines in...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2009, 2:56 am (UTC)

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Calvin is similar to the Murrys in that he looks at life unconventionally. They meet when Meg and Charles Wallace run into him near the "haunted" house where Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Which and Mrs. Who...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2016, 4:27 pm (UTC)

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First of all, the storm sets the stage for "a dark and stormy night." Meg's life is stormy, and as she, Calvin, and Charles Wallace face their adventures, they will battle darkness...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2008, 10:32 am (UTC)

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This is a fun type of question. It's directed in that you have to stick with songs, but it's wide open in that it allows for a person to pick songs throughout all genres and time periods. To answer...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2020, 3:27 pm (UTC)

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I assume that this question is asking about Meg at the very beginning of the book. When readers are first introduced to Meg she is not feeling good about herself. She's in the attic throwing...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2018, 11:15 pm (UTC)

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Alike and equal are not the same, because people should have equal rights without being forced to be like everyone else. On Camazotz, conformity is the rule. The kids should all bounce the ball...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2016, 4:02 am (UTC)

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