In A Wrinkle in Time, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which take Meg, Calvin, and Charles Wallace to the planet Uriel. There, as they see The Dark Thing, a shadow that is creeping over the cosmos, the children begin to understand the age-old struggle between the forces of good and evil. Can you list list other characteristics of these forces?
Members of the Murry family learn important lessons when they encounter evil forces. Identify the conflict in each novel and discuss the overall theme of good vs. evil. How are these conflicts resolved? What does each Murry child learn about the power of love?
Meg experiences various types of love throughout her adventure. When she returns to Camazotz for Charles Wallace, she learns that love can enable her to be brave in the face of danger. It provides her with the strength that she needs to overcome evil. Trace and discuss the development of Meg's understanding of the power of love.
The concepts underlying A Wrinkle in Time are based on Einstein's theory of relativity and Planck's quantum theory. How do these theories work inA Wrinkle in Time?
Ideas prepared by Elizabeth A. Poe, associate professor of English, Radford University, Radford, VA, and by Pat Scales, library media specialist, Greenville Middle School, Greenville, SC.
eq_colorado2, October 1, 2008 (view all comments by eq_colorado2)
this book is mainly banned or challenged because it refers to withcraft and uses Jesus's name
No that it really matters...
I am reading it right now and I thinks its amazing
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great flood, September 8, 2007 (view all comments by great flood)
The book a wrinkle in time is quite the book to read. i myself write stories and i once in a while remember parts from the book a wrinkle in time when i read it. i don't remember so much about the book because i am old of age and this is what happens to my memory, but i do remember that it was a creative book. (i need to re-read that book sometime soon.) after reading that this book is on the banned book list, i was fascinated in how some can be so blind about things. i am pretty sure that not all authors want to add religous subjects to their books! books are not all about that. when people began speaking of C.S. Lewis's chronicles of Narnia books, and how they were religion related, i got very angry. this is not the point of all books. if an author meant to speak of this subject in their books, they would speak of it. a book can't be simply enjoyed without thinking of religion of political matters? this is what novels are for. these are simple ficton stories that are about unknown worlds and learning to face fears! not about those matters! i believe that these books are written to take one to another world and a new time, not concentrate on one that already exists!
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Mary J., December 12, 2006 (view all comments by Mary J.)
I am 49 years old. I read "A Wrinkle in Time" when I was eleven, and it was a life-changing experience. In 1968 a little girl with strength, courage and brains was still a rather new idea, even "inside the Beltway," which is where I grew up. This book helped me find my way at a time when I really had no idea where I was going. It helped me to understand that intelligence, success, and the love of humanity were not just within my grasp, but absolutely vital. It also fueled in me the breathtaking notion that reality itself holds limitless surprises and possibilities just waiting for us to discover.
As an adult, I began to realize that most of my favorite friends had also read this book as children. I find myself drawn to people of all ages who are bright, idealistic, creative, loving, and have a strong sense of justice--much like Meg, the heroine of "A Wrinkle in Time." Did we read the book because it suited our personalilities, or did the book help us to crystallize those traits in ourselves? Probably a bit of both.
Several years ago, I re-read this book and some of the others in the series, and I was still enthralled. Madeleine L'engle has written some wonderful books that have withstood the test of time. I can't wait until my five-year-old son is old enough to read "A Wrinkle in Time." I think he will love it.
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