Madeleine L'Engle Analysis

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

In what ways does this Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Trilogy support or challenge traditional Christianity?

How does this trilogy allow Charles Wallace and Meg to realize their weaknesses and to develop their strengths?

How does L’Engle’s trilogy illustrate her vivid imagination and her religious beliefs on good verses evil?

How are the guides in this trilogy (unicorn, cherubim, three women) like and unlike the traditional idea of guardian angels?

How is the butterfly effect demonstrated in A Swiftly Tilting Planet?

What is the most powerful force for good in L’Engle’s trilogy?


(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Chase, Carole F. Suncatcher: A Study of Madeleine L’Engle and Her Writing. 2d ed. Philadelphia: Innisfree Press, 1998. A guide to L’Engle’s fictional worlds, including an outline of the interrelationships among her books, charts outlining relationships between characters, a bibliography, and a guide to Web sites dedicated to L’Engle and her work.

Hettinga, Donald. Presenting Madeleine L’Engle. New York: Twayne, 1993. Focuses on L’Engle’s young adult works, offering a short biography, critical overviews of her major works, and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

Shaw, Luci, ed. The Swiftly Tilting Worlds of Madeleine L’Engle. Wheaton, Ill.: Harold Shaw, 1998. A collection of essays on the Christian aspects of L’Engle’s writing.