Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Wrinkle in Time, Chapter Eight

Here are today's SparkNotes to go with the questions:

My questions and vocab:

Chapter Eight: The Transparent Column


pinioned         somber         swivet           misconception            pedantic
annihilate        sulfurous          ominous          sadist          emanate

  1. Who or what do you think has taken over Charles Wallace in the beginning of the chapter?
  2. Can you think of anyone else who tries to twist the truth for his own gain? How can you tell?
  3. “IT sometimes calls Itself the Happiest Sadist.” What makes this phrase funny to Charles Wallace? What does it mean?
  4. Meg knows just by looking at Charles Wallace that he isn't him anymore. Give me some examples of things he says and does throughout the chapter that prove that he isn't himself at the moment.
  5. Given the option, would you rather face life with some disappointment mixed with happiness OR no disappointment coupled with zero happiness?

    Noteworthy Notes from SparkNotes:

    -When Charles Wallace tells them "not to fight it" he is echoing the words of others the children have encountered on Camazotz.
    -Grabbing Charles Wallace's arms and Calvin's attempt to talk to the "real Charles" are both examples of extreme love, something that IT doesn't want people to have on Camazotz.
    -While rearranging atoms is actually impossible, it does point to the influence of quantum physics on L'Engle.
    -Though Calvin and Meg don't get through to Charles Wallace, they do learn enough about IT that they are ready to face IT.

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