A Wrinkle in Time Topics for Discussion
by Madeleine L'Engle

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Topics for Discussion

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

1. Although Charles Wallace seems to be the "smartest" of the Murry children, it is Meg who frees her father and ultimately conquers IT. Why do you think this is so?

2. Why does L'Engle seem to believe that the uniformity of the people on the planet Camazotz is such a bad thing?

3. Why does Charles Wallace start reciting nursery rhymes when the man with red eyes starts to interrogate the children?

4. What does Aunt Beast mean when she tells Meg that "We are all called according to His purpose, and whom He calls, them He also justifies. Of course we have help, and without help it would be much more difficult"? Who is doing the "calling," what is the help, and where does it come from?

5. Meg realizes an important lesson at the conclusion of the book when she rescues her brother, Charles Wallace, from the clutches of IT. IT knew everything about hate, but Meg knows about love. How is love able to help her to save her brother?

6. What does Charles Wallace mean when he describes himself as a "sport" in chapter 2?

7. What does Mr. Murry mean when he says that Charles Wallace "thought he could deliberately go into IT and return. He trusted too much in his own strength"?

8. In what ways does the town on Camazotz differ from a typical American suburb? What is L'Engle criticizing in her depiction of this town?

9. What is it about the Murrys that makes the other townspeople look on them with suspicion? How does the family differ from the other families in town?