Chapter Eleven: Aunt Beast
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- “How can you explain sight on a world where no one has ever seen and where there is no need of eyes?” How would you answer this question?
- Aunt Beast tells Meg that their planet has help in their fight against the black thing. Who is helping them? *Hint, look at the capitalization of Him here.
- On Ixchel, the beasts cannot see. Initially, Meg seems to feel that their lack of sight is limiting for them. Do you feel this is true or no? Why or why not?
- Tell me what you think about Meg's reaction to her father on Ixchel. Would you feel the same way in similar circumstances? Explain.
- How would you describe the Mrs. W's to the beasts on Ixchel?
-Ixchel is named for the Mayan goddess of the rainbow and patron of medicine.
-L'Engle is challenging our assumptions about people communicate with one another and how they perceive the world in this chapter.
-Calvin's gift of communication is finally useful here.
-Ordinary speech isn't used on Ixchel so this complicates communication with them throughout the chapter.
-In being forced to describe light to Aunt Beast, Meg realizes that sight and perception are separate, that sight is just one way to view the world.
-"The disassociation between sight and perception functions to reinforce one of the novel's major themes: the relationship between appearances and reality."