Study Guide

A Wrinkle in Time Love

By Madeleine L'Engle

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All you need is love. Love makes the world go round. Love lifts us up where we belong... Shall we go on? In A Wrinkle in Time, love is the nuclear option (how's that for a pop song?) that conquers all else in its path. Is love blind? Sometimes. But in a world where appearances are so often deceiving, a little blindness can be a good thing. Love can allow a person to see beyond the surfaces, to get at the truth that's lying underneath...and that's the power of love.

Questions About Love

  1. How are the characters' actions motivated by love? What impetus does love have in the plot of the novel?
  2. Why does Meg's loving Charles Wallace save him from IT?
  3. What roles do the various kinds of love in Meg's life play in her character development?

Chew on This

Love is a force for good in the novel because it promotes interest in others over self-interest.

Meg's love for her father initially blinds her to reality, and it must change for her to grow up.

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