In A Wrinkle in Time, what are the external and internal conflicts?
The external conflict in its largest sense is evil. The black cloud that Meg, Calvin, and Charles Wallace see is evil itself, according to Mrs. Whatsit. This same cloud surrounds Earth, making it a “shadowed” planet. On Camazotz, the people have given in entirely to IT, which is the personification of the evil that is the cloud. This is what Meg and the others must fight to rescue Mr. Murry from imprisonment.
The internal conflict is facing the evil with the strength of love. Mrs. Whatsit tells Meg, before she goes back to Camazotz, that she gives her her faults, one of which is impatience. Meg must use that impatience to give her the strength to rescue Charles Wallace, who through his own pride has given in to IT, thinking that he could control the experience. Meg faces her internal conflict of doubt and succeeds in her quest.