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The defeat of IT in "A Wrinkle in Time."

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In A Wrinkle in Time, IT is defeated when Meg uses the power of love to reach her brother Charles Wallace. Her love frees him from IT's control, illustrating that love is a stronger force than IT's domination.

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Is IT defeated at the end of "A Wrinkle in Time"?

IT is defeated in the sense that the Murrys are freed from the hold IT had over their minds and/or bodies. Further, at the end of the book, the Murrys are all returned to earth. At the same time, we have no assurance that IT's power over the planet Camazotz has been lessened or broken.

This could be understood as a flaw in the novel. The Murrys have saved each other and gone through, along with Calvin, a personal family drama that has ended happily for them all, but as far as we know, the people of Camazotz are still under the tyranny of IT. They are not allowed to think or make decisions for themselves. We have to imagine that the planet is still shrouded in darkness and that the people are still subjected to extreme conformity and punished severely for noncompliance. A more satisfying ending might have led to the Murrys freeing the people of the planet as they freed themselves.

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How does IT die in A Wrinkle in Time?

A Wrinkle in Time is the first in a series of five books by Madeleine L'Engle, referred to as the "Time Quintet."

In the book, Meg Murry, her younger brother Charles Wallace, and her classmate Calvin go on a journey to save Mr. Murry, a brilliant scientist and father of the Murry children. He is on another planet called Camazotz, where a large, evil, disembodied brain referred to as IT is holding him captive and controlling the minds of everyone on the planet. Charles Wallace at first tries to defeat IT with his extraordinary intelligence, but IT takes him instead, controlling his body and mind. Meg eventually realizes that hatred and anger make IT stronger and that only love will help her save her brother. She uses her love for Charles Wallace to set him free from IT's control. I do not believe IT actually dies in the book. 

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