A Wrinkle in Time

Despite escaping IT with her father why does meg feel like things have gotten worse and worse

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Meg begins to question her father’s judgment of tessering her and Calvin away and leaving Charles Wallace behind. Soon, she fills up with anger, realizing that "she had found her father and he had not made everything all right. Everything kept getting worse and worse.” Mr. Murry tries to console her and tell her that he is not a perfect person, but Meg only gets angrier and angrier and accuses him of almost letting the Black Thing get her. Meg feels a piercing pain through her body.

For most of the book, choices were presented as either right or wrong, good or evil, and a character’s choices reflected his or her inner character. But Mr. Murry’s choice to save his daughter and Calvin while leaving behind his youngest son allows L’Engle to explore the moral nuances of a less straightforward decision. In this world, then, good and evil are not always in stark juxtaposition. Rather, there are shades of gray that require a person to make an ethical judgment based on a deeply personal hierarchy of values.

Meg’s anger at her father’s decision is also a metaphysical reflection on these types of moral choices. L’Engle here suggests that evil - a prominent theme in the book - is wrapped up in the human emotion of anger, which is triggered by moral situations in which easy answers are not clear cut. This leads to L’Engle’s ultimate answer for such moral dilemmas: love. Mr. Murry does not react back in anger to his daughter’s accusations but instead attempts to soothe her with love. Meg, meanwhile, has a different understanding of what constitutes familial love. Her character arc will involve learning to control her more hotheaded emotions in order to understand the true meaning of love.