A Wrinkle in Time

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While Meg focuses on her unhappiness at her father's absence and her problems at school, Calvin must remind her how lucky she is to have a family like hers in which there is so much love. Meg's love for her father enables to her to undertake the journey with the Mrs. W's in the first place, and Meg's love for Charles Wallace is the weapon with which she is able to save Charles Wallace and defeat IT. Love is the only thing she has that IT doesn't have—love is something that can only exist between different people, while IT destroys all difference. While Meg may think love a paltry thing at the beginning of the book, by the end she realizes she could possess nothing more empowering or valuable.

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The Value of Love Quotes in A Wrinkle in Time

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Chapter 2 Quotes

"Lead on, moron," Calvin cried gaily. "I've never even seen your house, and I have the funniest feeling that for the first time in my life I'm going home!"

Related Characters: Calvin O'Keefe (speaker), Meg Murry
Page Number: 44
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Nobody can explain why Calvin has so suddenly and completely hit it off with Charles Wallace and Meg, but the warmth between the three of them seems genuine. This is a theme throughout the book, that genuine love cannot be explained or accounted for, and its power is beyond that of reason. Calvin, having found others who are different in the way that he is (even though he has been hiding his differences in public) makes him suddenly feel a kind of familial connection that makes him feel that going to the Murry home is like going to his own home. That's a remarkable statement that shows how powerful the love between these characters is.

It's worth noting that Calvin, unlike Meg, seems not at all perturbed by what he can't understand. He is not suspicious or dismissive of his feelings of love and joy that come from a mysterious place – he embraces them and allows them to make him happy.


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Chapter 12 Quotes

Charles. Charles, I love you. My baby brother who always takes care of me. Come back to me, Charles Wallace, come away from IT, come back, come home. I love you, Charles. Oh, Charles Wallace, I love you.

Related Characters: Meg Murry (speaker), Charles Wallace Murry, IT
Page Number: 229
Explanation and Analysis:

In this passage, Meg is alone on Camazotz fighting IT to save Charles Wallace. It is here that she finally realizes the power and importance of love. In previous attempts to save Charles Wallace, the characters focused on individuality, reciting the Declaration of Independence, for instance, in order to set him free. While these attempts nearly worked, none was powerful enough to combat IT. In this final attempt, Meg realizes that the only force powerful enough to combat IT is love, since love is something that IT lacks entirely. Meg realizes that she must abandon all commitment to rationality and focus simply on loving her brother, which she does successfully.

This is the ultimate vindication of the power of love, as L'Engle posits that love is literally the only force in the universe that can combat evil. The arc of the book suggests that the embrace of love comes in several forms – first is love of the self, which includes accepting one's own nonconformity, and second is turning that love outward to others. As the book's characters demonstrate, this kind of love is contagious, in that it teaches the recipients of love to love themselves and others in turn.