In A Wrinkle in Time, what does the dark thing represent?

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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 the children see the planet Uriel, which is dark, and then Earth, which is...

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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 the children see the planet Uriel, which is dark, and then Earth, which is partly dark. The darkness over Earth is being fought by good people, including Jesus, Gandhi, Leonardo da Vinci, and Shakespeare. When the children and the Mrs. W’s are looking at Earth with the Medium, Calvin asks what the Dark Thing is: “We know that it’s evil, but what is it?”

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The children travel to Camazotz, a dark planet where Meg's and Charles Wallace’s father is being held. The powerhouse behind the evil on this planet is called IT, and IT hypnotizes Charles Wallace and keeps him on the planet. Meg is the one decided upon to save him, and Meg realizes that she can use love to save him—which is something that evil, and therefore IT, doesn’t have.

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The novel A Wrinkle in Time speaks of a battle between both good and evil. The children in the novel, Meg and Charles, are in a battle to save the universe from evil. This evil is named as It or the Thing (Dark Thing).  Therefore, given the children represent the good in the world, their antagonist (or foe) is evil and represented by a giant cloud which engulfs all things.

Ultimately, it is up to the children to save the universe from the complete control of the Thing--which means to shadow the world in complete and utter darkness. This would mean that evil had won over good and that darkness proved to be the most powerful entity in the universe.

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