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The climax and ending of A Wrinkle in Time

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The climax of A Wrinkle in Time occurs when Meg confronts IT to rescue her brother, Charles Wallace. The resolution follows as Meg uses the power of love to defeat IT, freeing Charles Wallace and returning home safely with her family and friends.

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What is the climax of A Wrinkle in Time?

I would love to give you one exact climax for this story, but I honestly think there are two possible climax points.  

The first possible climax is Meg finding and rescuing her father, Mr. Murry.  He is the main reason that the story is taking place.  Mr. Murry is missing, and Meg resolves to find and rescue him.  She gets supernatural help from the Mrs. Ws, and mounts a successful extraction of her father from planet Camazotz.  Yay!  Initial conflict solved.  

There is a problem though.  During the rescue Meg's brother, Charles, was captured by IT and didn't make it off planet Camazotz.  Meg returns to the planet, rescues her brother, and safely escapes.  I believe that second rescue is another possible climax to the story.  

If you forced me to choose, I would say that the second listed climax is the main climax.  It's the point in the story where Meg must use everything that she has learned in order to face IT and successfully rescue her brother.  A climax is also the highest point in a story and nothing more exciting than it should happen after.  After Charles's rescue, everybody returns home for normal life, which is for sure falling action and conclusion. 

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What is the climax of A Wrinkle in Time?

The falling action of a story takes place after the climax of the novel, where the action begins to slow back down and lead to the conclusion. In the novel A Wrinkle in Time, Charles Wallace has just finished facing down the beast IT and overcome its mental control through the help of his sister, Meg, and her love.

The falling action comes as Meg and Calvin get him away from the capital city of the planet and take their father so they can return back home by jumping through spacetime. It leads up to them returning home to Earth and landing in their garden, where their mother finds them and reunites with her husband after his long imprisonment. At this point, the family is made whole once again.

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What is the climax in A Wrinkle in Time?

After many strange events and adventures with the alien Mrs Ws, Meg has discovered that the universe is threatened by a cloud of evil called "The Black Thing." Worse, her little brother Charles allowed himself to be corrupted in order to find their father. Meg is nearly killed, and the Mrs Ws cannot transport Charles while he is under the control of IT, an evil telepathic brain. Despite their power, the Mrs Ws cannot help Charles, but they tell Meg that she can, with a power under her control that can fight and defeat IT.

If she could give her love to IT perhaps it would shrivel up and die, for she was sure that IT could not withstand love. But she, in all her weakness and foolishness and baseness and nothingness, was incapable of loving IT.
(L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time, Google Books)

Meg is close to slipping into IT's control, and she is sure that she cannot try to defeat IT with love, because she cannot love IT. However, she realizes that she can love Charles, despite IT's control of him; she focuses her love on Charles, ignoring everything else around her, and breaks him free of ITs mind control. With Charles free, the Mrs Ws are able to transport them back to Earth, where they are reunited with their father and family.

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What is the ending of A Wrinkle in Time?

At the end of the book, love wins out over soullessness and hate; Meg matures and shows her competency; the Murry family is reunited; and Mrs. Whatsit, Who, and Which, their task completed, disappear.

This is a far cry from the book's beginning. At that point, Mr. Murry had disappeared, distressing his wife and children and causing gossip in the village. Meg, an adolescent, doesn't think she can do anything right as the novel opens—even her hair refuses to curl correctly.

With the help of Mrs. Whatsit, Who, and Which, Meg, Calvin, and Charles Wallace are able to tesser—or use wrinkles in time—to travel to Camazotz to rescue Mr. Murry. However, they have to leave behind Charles Wallace, whose mind has been possessed by IT. It is up to Meg to save him on a solo journey, which she successfully does by realizing her love for him is stronger than any other force.

By the end of the novel, Meg has matured. Rather than displaying incompetency, she succeeds at a daunting and adult task in saving her little brother. She learns to rely on herself rather than expecting her father to be her savior. As part of this feel-good ending, the family reunites:

Mr. Murry was running across the lawn, Mrs. Murry running toward him, and they were in each other’s arms, and then there was a tremendous happy jumble of arms and legs and hugging, the older Murrys and Meg and Charles Wallace and the twins, and Calvin grinning by them until Meg reached out and pulled him in and Mrs. Murry gave him a special hug all of his own.

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What is the ending of A Wrinkle in Time?

At the end of A Wrinkle in Time, Meg has an internal struggle between rage and love for Charles Wallace, who she sees as fundamentally changed by IT. She is so distraught that she can no longer recognize him, representing her loss of familial social control to IT. This sort of anger, directed at family members for not becoming who they were expected to be, is common. Eventually Meg realizes that this anger was not useful, however. Meg remembers the gifts that the witches gave her. She has love and IT does not. Meg understands that she cannot control who Charles Wallace is, she can only choose to love him as family despite the ways that he has become, in Meg's eyes, evil. This choice to accept Chucky as he is allows him to transform back into Charles Wallace, and a witch saves them both.

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What is the ending of A Wrinkle in Time?

The novel A Wrinkle in Time ends with the triumph of good over evil. Meg, Calvin, and Charles Wallace manage to rescue Meg and Charles's father from the planet in which he was imprisoned, and Charles Wallace successfully overcame the influence of the monstrosity IT—the creature that had imprisoned his father and enslaved the entire planet.

The daring rescue had taken them throughout a much larger universe than they could have imagined, and they were enlightened to the literal battle between good and evil. In the end, they made their contribution to the war by overthrowing IT. The three witches help them return safely to Earth after rescuing their father, and the family is finally reunited, having triumphed over evil.

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What is the ending of A Wrinkle in Time?

As the last chapter of the novel opens, Charles Wallace remains trapped in IT. Mr. Murray and Calvin both offer to go rescue Charles Wallace, but Mrs. Whatsit tells them their plans will not work. Meg realizes that she is the only one who can save her brother, but this makes her angry.

Nevertheless, she tessers to Camazotz and goes to the CENTRAL Central Intelligence Building to find Charles Wallace. Mrs. Which had told her that she will defeat IT because she has something IT does not have, but Meg does not know what that is.

She finds Charles Wallace, but instead of feeling love for her brother, she feels anger; IT has such great control of her brother that she barely even recognizes him. She begins to think that maybe anger is what IT does not have, so she focuses on her anger. However, anger does not free Charles Wallace.

Meg begins to realize that anger is negative, just like IT. Love, on the other hand, is positive; IT does not have and cannot understand love. She tries to love her brother rather than feeling anger toward IT. She thinks about what Charles Wallace was like when they were younger, before IT got a hold of him. She lovingly calls to him, and he responds! Meg's love frees Charles Wallace from IT.

Suddenly, Meg is back home with her family--all of her family.

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