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Why and how does Charles Wallace change in A Wrinkle in Time?

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Charles Wallace is an unusual child. According to his mother, he is “new.” People think that he is stupid, but by his conversation, one can tell that he is exceptionally bright and mature. He has a depth of insight that is beyond that of his sister, Meg. He is confident, even prideful, in his abilities. It is this that gets him into trouble. When confronted with IT, Charles Wallace thinks that he can “go into” IT, letting it take control of his mind. This is a fault that Mrs. Whatsit had warned him about. He is immediately consumed by IT’s mind and tries to talk Meg into submitting as well. It is only through her impatience and her anger at what IT has done to Charles Wallace that she is able to rescue him and pull him back from IT.

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