Thursday, August 2, 2012

A Wrinkle in Time, Chapter Nine

Here's a link to the free SparkNotes for this chapter: http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/wrinkle/section9.rhtml


Chapter Nine: IT

Vocab/Spelling:

placidly       gropingly          brusquely         impenetrable         myopic
insolent       ominous           inexorable          dais         omnipitent


  1. The Mrs. W's leave each child with something to help them in their battle against IT. To Meg, they leave her faults. As we read through chapter nine, can you see how Meg's faults are really unique gifts? Explain.
  2. Why do you suppose that Mrs. Who's glasses allow Meg the ability to get through the wall between her and her father?
  3. When Meg breaks through the wall using Mrs. Who's glasses, she finds herself not only with her father but in complete darkness as well. It's here that we physically see again that IT uses darkness in this battle between good and evil. Can you find other examples of darkness versus the light?
  4. Why is Meg so disappointed after releasing her father?
  5. “Like and equal are not the same thing at all!” This is Meg's response when IT tries to twist the truth about life on Camazotz. With this in mind, do you think it's true that destroying IT means destroying Charles Wallace? Why or why not? And if it might not be true, why isn't Meg willing to take the risk?

    Noteworthy Notes from SparkNotes:

    -Meg recites the Declaration of Independence in an attempt to fight IT which is significant because the Declaration is against all that Camazotz has become.
    -Only the irrational roots of numbers stand a chance against IT, which is why Meg uses them in her resistance.
    -L'Engle uses a brain to represent IT to remind us that intellect without emotion leads to sameness and causes us to loose our creativity.
    -"Charles downfall demonstrates that intelligence and intellect alone cannot resist the tyranny of uniformity."

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