A Wrinkle in Time Characters
by Madeleine L'Engle

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A Wrinkle in Time Characters

  • Meg Murry, who travels through time and space to save her father.
  • Charles Wallace, Meg's brother, who has special abilities that help them on their journey.
  • Dr. Murry, the renowned scientist who has been missing for a year when the novel begins.
  • IT, a giant, disembodied brain that uses mind control on the people of Camazotz.
  • Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, three supernatural beings who lead the children through a "tesseract," a bend of time and space that allows them to travel the universe.
  • Calvin O'Keefe, Meg's friend.

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Characters Discussed

(Great Characters in Literature)

Meg Murry

Meg Murry, the protagonist. At the age of thirteen, Meg is going through an awkward phase. Her figure is gangly and her hair stringy; she wears both braces and glasses. Moreover, she has a quick temper that marks her as “unfeminine.” Because Meg is not a conventionally “good” student, her teachers assume that she is “slow.” They are sadly mistaken; Meg has mastered short-cuts in mathematics. Understandably, her ability makes her stubborn and frustrated when she is asked to work problems in the traditional, roundabout way. Meg is ashamed of her faults, but as the story progresses, she learns that these “faults” are her greatest assets.

Charles Wallace Murry

Charles Wallace Murry, Meg’s younger brother. Like Meg, Charles is considered to be “slow.” He seldom talks around people outside his family and did not speak at all until the age of four. When he does talk, however, his vocabulary and syntax are those of an adult. Besides being highly intelligent, Charles Wallace is thoughtful beyond his five years. In the first chapter, for example, he rises from bed during a storm to make cocoa and sandwiches for his mother and sister, who have been awakened by the thunder.

Dr. (Mr.) Murry

Dr. (Mr.) Murry, Meg and Charles’s father. A brilliant scientist, Dr. Murry has been sent by the federal government to the planet Camazotz to rectify the wrongs in its society. When the novel begins, he has been missing for nearly a year.

Dr. (Mrs.) Murry

Dr. (Mrs.) Murry, his wife and the children’s mother. A biologist and bacteriologist, she exemplifies women who successfully combine scholarship, homemaking, and motherhood. While she conducts experiments in the laboratory affixed to her house, a stew simmers on a nearby Bunsen burner. She also shows concern over Meg’s bruises and enjoys cozy moments with her family.

Sandy Murry

Sandy Murry and

Dennys Murry

Dennys Murry, the Murrys’ ten-year-old twin sons. Good students and athletes, the twins fit the stereotype of “well-rounded” children.

Mrs. Whatsit

Mrs. Whatsit, one of three supernatural beings who commission and enable the Murry children to journey to Camazotz. She assumes the guise of an elderly bag lady.

Mrs. Who

Mrs. Who, another of the supernatural beings, who appears as a plump little matron.

Mrs. Which

Mrs. Which, the third supernatural being, who materializes as a shimmer of light.

Calvin O’Keefe

Calvin O’Keefe, Meg’s friend, who accompanies her to Camazotz.

Aunt Beast

Aunt Beast, a furry, tentacled creature who nurtures Meg back to health after she passes through the near-lethal chill of the Dark Thing, an extraterrestrial embodiment of evil.

It

It, a huge, disembodied brain that controls the thinking of all the people on Camazotz.

Themes and Characters

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

A Wrinkle in Time tells the story of a battle between absolute good and evil for control of the universe. If Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin lose, everyone loses. The characters in A Wrinkle in Time range in type from "ordinary" humans to good witches to disembodied entities referred to only as Thing or IT. But even the human characters are extraordinary in the talents they possess and in the courageous behavior that they exhibit when put to the test.

The Murry children---Meg, her twin brothers Sandy and Dennys, and Charles Wallace---are all intelligent, Charles Wallace especially so. In the small New England town where they live, Meg and Charles Wallace are misfits; Sandy and Dennys are more...

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