"A Wrinkle in Time" Features Complex Characters

At the play, A WRINKLE IN TIME, you will meet fascinating and complex characters. 

Have you ever felt that you were different from everyone else and that being different was a horrible thing? I know I have. That is exactly the way Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin feel when we first meet them. 

Meg, the daughter of two scientists, is seen by others as not terribly bright and very emotional.  On top of that, she has a beautiful mother!

 Meg, loving her brilliant little brother, Charles Wallace, tries to protect him from those who think he is a “moron.” Charles Wallace, in turn, handles people by not speaking; he feels he cannot be himself because the world would not accept or understand his intellect!

Then we have Calvin.  He is the popular kid who hides behind a persona that is not really him.  As the three search for the Murrys’ father, the young people learn a great deal about themselves.  What are my strengths?  What are my weaknesses?  How can I be me and get along and contribute to the world?

A discussion of the characters in this play would not be complete without recognizing Mrs. whatsit, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which and Aunt Beast.  These are characters who nurture and assist our major characters as they grow and learn.  They are all characters of fantasy, and once again, we all need to call on our imaginations to delight in their goodness and love.

We must also examine those characters in our play who fight against love and against what is good. The main source of evil in A WRINKLE IN TIME is, of course, IT.  IT attempts to control our characters and make our trio, and everyone, think like IT.  No independent thought or uniqueness is allowed by IT.

Finally, one of the big questions the play causes me to ask is, which character am I the most like?  Can I learn anything from this character and the other characters about me?

 P.S.—Isn’t it great that Madeleine L’Engle made the main character a female? (When the book was published, a female protagonist was VERY unusual.)

Olivia Bastian, Educator and Board Chair of Lyric Arts