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Deeper Meaning In A Wrinkle In Time

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A Wrinkle in Time lives on to be a timeless classic suspense novel for young adults today. Although school curriculums berate it for L'Engle's afflictions with Christian theology; which are especially prominent in this novel, her emotional family values, and ethical responsibilities stand out for a bigger impact on the reader. Madeleine L'Engle writes with a style that makes the reader ponder her use behind objects, characters, and dialogue. Her subjective symbolism puts a more meaningful reason to her story, and can discovered throughout the entire plot. Examples of symbolism surface through physical objects such as Mrs. Who's spectacles, to emotional feelings of love and hate, and even to general themes brought about of light triumphing darkness. All of the literary placement of symbolism tie together in L'Engle's effectiveness of bringing a greater message to the reader.
Mrs. Who gives Meg her spectacles as her power to use in desperation against the evil powers of IT on the planet of Camazotz. The reader, and even Meg, are puzzled as to what they must represent or be used for, but their explanation comes soon enough. When Meg uses them as a last resort to save her father from imprisonment, she is able to see everything in the dark room that Mr. Murry could not see at all. What they represent is the clear thinking familiarized by perception of the world. One reason Mr. Murry can't fight IT while imprisoned in his column is because of his inability to see what's around him. Putting the glasses on, he can better understand the world, and take Meg to safety. Meg realized they are needed to see more fully and takes them off to see. "...she shoved Mrs. Who's glasses down her nose.., and immediately she was in complete and utter darkness."(L'Engle 144) This is just one instance where better understanding from an object leads to more success and better outcome. The spectacles symbolize a way of understanding and perceiving the world without instinctual judgment. There is another part physical objects show symbolism behind them. Charles Wallace is taken over by the control of IT, but Meg can still read the decency behind his evil behavior. Although his actions are not at all like his normality, his blue eyes, which retained normality, symbolize goodness and hope and let her know he is still there.
L'Engle uses emotional feelings throughout the characters, not only to portray compassion for the them, but also to symbolize deeper meaning. Meg's love to save her family has more meaning to it than her willingness. Her love differs immensely with the emotion of IT's hate. Every time she feels hate towards IT or others such as her father, she becomes weaker. It is her hatred that allows IT to take over her mind. She finds out the ability to love against the forces of hate, allows her to succeed and defeat IT. When the family reunites in the end, it is a reminder of the...

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