Monday, August 6, 2012

A Wrinkle in Time, Chapter Eleven

Here's a link to today's chapter in SparkNotes:

Chapter Eleven: Aunt Beast


emanate           trepidation           frigid           oppressive             perplexity
opaque         converged         gorge          reverberated

  1. “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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. Tell me what you think about Meg's reaction to her father on Ixchel. Would you feel the same way in similar circumstances? Explain.
  5. How would you describe the Mrs. W's to the beasts on Ixchel?
 Noteworthy Notes from SparkNotes:

-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."

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