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Ten Most Imporatant Themes Of A Wrinkle In Time By
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The Differences between Good and Evil
The major theme of the novel is the battle between good and evil. In L’Engle’s book, the characters are clearly identified as good or evil. The ‘good’ characters are the main character Meg and her family, Aunt Beast, Calvin, and the Happy Medium. The ‘evil’ characters include IT, the Man with the Red Eyes, and The Dark Thing. The good characters have the traits of equality, creativity, and freedom. Conformity and hatred are represented by the characters of evil. Meg’s greatest battle is bowing down to thee forces of evil or embracing the light of goodness.
Ultimate Triumph of Love
The whole imagery of light vs. darkness can be traced back to the New Testament by Mrs. Who. The first figure that is cited is by Mrs. Whatsit who was the fighter against the dark thing. The book refers Christianity only through a philosophical letter, because the characters in the story are never said to be Christian. Mrs. Who’s second gift is an excerpt from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Corinthians. Also, Mrs. Whatsit translates the musical dance of the creatures on Uriel into the Biblical words of the prophet Isaiah. The theme of the triumph is a universal theme centering around Christian theology.
Individuality vs. Conformity
At Meg’s high school, she feels like a misfit and very out of place. Her misbehavior often sends her to the principal’s office and she fights with her fellow students all the time. When her wish comes true in the form of Camazotz. There are rows of identical human beings and houses. Her desire for conformity dies when she realizes the evil of this planet. Human creativity and individuality is praised throughout the novel through its main character Meg.
You Can't Know Everything
Right from the very beginning of the book, Meg wants to know absolutely everything about everyone and everything around her. She wants to comprehend everything around her. Gradually throughout the novel, she begins to listens to her mother’s wisdom about patience and not needing to know everything. Although she can’t understand their language, she accepts that the dance of the creatures on Uriel is beautiful. She comprehends that thee Black thing is evil even though she dosn’t fully know what it is. Ultimately, she confronts IT on her return visit to Camazotz. When she rejects IT, she rejects the need for a total understanding of the world around her.
The Nature of Evil
Another theme framed by Christian Faith. As said before, the Man with Red Eyes and the Dark Thing embody elements of evil. The Dark Thing is based on a particular Christian theological notion of sin. The Dark Thing is a mass of darkness that fills the universe blocking the light of suns and stars. Sins are understood to be a force in a darkness, or universe, that is fought against the forces of good.
Intersection between Faith and Reason
L’Engle focuses on why neither faith or reason should privilege over one another. Science and reason cannot go on without the overall motive of faith and love, while if faith and love is without science and reason, they will never be informed by the realities of the world. “The heart has its reasons, whereof reason knows nothing.” is said by Mrs. Which, which sums up these concepts. Meg’s journey was only possible by her own knowledge of science and reason, but she could have never even done it without the love of her family. Her overall decision of the ‘good side’ is only possible by both these concepts guiding her in the right direction.
The Nature of Beauty...
You Can't Judge a Book by its Cover
The themes of exterior beauty and its importance are intensely looked upon throughout the novel and Meg’s experience in high school. Meg’s outer looks, such as her braces, glasses, and knotted hair, makes her unpopular and her life harder. Her intelligence and inner beauty made her find her companionship with Calvin. Meg’s journey would have never been possible if she just had outer looks, it’s her remarkable intelligence that made it happen.
Love of Family
When Meg’s father left her and didn’t contact her or her family for a year, it affected her, her family, and Mrs. Murry and Charles Wallace in their own way. It sparked most of her troubles in the beginning of the novel. This bond between the family members is what helps to give children the strength the needed on their journey. Other characters, such as Calvin, are used by L’Engle to show how this love can bring others into their family. While Calvin’s home life is a bit crazy, he feels that he has finally found where he belongs when he meets the Murry’s. This love gives Meg and Charles Wallace the strength they need, and Calvin the motivation he needs.
Although this theme is not introduced until later in the novel when Meg has the courage to go back to the planet of Camazotz to save Charles Wallace, it is an important one. The courage that is described by L’Engle through Meg is not one that you see on usual storybook quests. It isn’t full of bravery and unafraid bravery, but on a trust of love and goodness of others. It is another themed based off Christian framework. It is the type of courage that Christ showed in giving themselves up to death in order to defeat evil. This kind of courage inspires the good of humanity, showing readers that being brave isn’t all about being a fearless hero, but being selfless for the good of others.
Personal and Moral Responsibility
Meg greatly matures throughout the novel. She learns that she has to solve her own problems, and not expect others to do it for her. In order to overcome the difficulties that she faces, Meg must show courage and must take personal responsibility. When she expects that she will be able to hand over her responsibility to her father and that he will make all her pains go away, she begins to learn that life doesn’t work like that. Her father can’t fix anything and can’t save Charles Wallace. She becomes angry, but this was crucial in Meg’s understanding of this lesson. She must take action by herself, which has no guarantee of success. Meg learns to have confidence in herself and not be so dependent on others.