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Literary Criticism of "Well in a Wrinkle in Time", a Novel by Madeleine L'engle

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In Willstead town, in North Carolina strange things are happening. Do you want to know more? Well in A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine LEngle a wonderful writer tells all the weird things that are happening. Madeleine LEngle was born in 1918 and she is still alive, she was born in New York (USA) and she is famous for his fantastic novels and fiction books, and her familiar stories for children. After she graduated from the Smith University in 1941 she extended hers studies in the Social Investigations School (1941-1942) and in the University Of Columbia (1960-1961). Madeleine LEngle worked during some years in the Theater and later as a teacher.

The setting of this story is in North Carolina, in the town of Willstead in the year of 2005. One day Margaret was left by the Aliens when she was two- months old in the planet Earth, and was found by the Murries, a nice couple, that had one year of marriage. Several years had passed and Margaret grew up like a normal girl. Now she had twin brothers and a Collie dog. At school everybody thought that she is a freak, but she is a ten-year-old girl, with beautiful eyes and a lot of intelligence. She is an alien but no one knows not even she. Margaret came to Earth by a computer fraud that caused a wrinkle in time.

An old woman called Mrs. Whatsit came to Earth with the job to take Margaret back. She visits Margaret and buys her nice things to win Margarets confidence. Mrs. Whatsit lived in the middle of the woods. One day a robbery had been reported to the police. It was a missing blanket and the thief was Mrs. Whatsit because she needed a lot of warmth because planet Earth was too cold for her. The Tesseract that is the name of the species that Margaret and Mrs. Whatsit belong to, they are from from other planet. At school some rare people that were of the same species as Margaret went to do a contest. Margaret won the contest but this was no contest this was a series of exams that they had to do to Margaret to see if she could live in her home planet and see if she was fit to live her home planet. Mrs. Whatsit was there and after the exams she sat Margaret down and started telling her everything about her species and how she got here. At first Margaret didnt believe it but afterwards she started understanding all the things she had passed through all alone with no one to understand her. Mrs. Whatsit asked Margaret if she wants to go back to where she is supposed to be, and she stayed thinking and told her she would tell her later. Each day Mrs. Whatsit and Margaret went together to the park and Mrs. Whatsit told her everything about their planet. The Murries had planned a trip to the beach but Margaret preferred to stay at home; that was the perfect moment to take Margaret to see their planet. Mrs. Whatsit took out from her purse a small device pointed it to the sky and it opened like a tunnel that lead you exactly where you belonged. Suddenly they arrived at a beautiful green village that later on she could remember it whenever she wanted by closing her eyes. The people were kind of strange but very generous to the people they knew. It was time to leave and the next thing she remembered was the green.

A month had gone by and Margaret was ready to leave planet Earth she was writing a thank you note to the Murries because they wouldnt understand anything that was going on. Mrs. Whatsit was ready to leave. She was tired of wearing all those coats. They left the planet, now they were at home; she visited the tombs of Her real parents every now and then. The problem with her original planet is that one month there is equivalent to one year on Earth. Mrs. Whatsit and Margaret visit Earth every two months to see how the twins are doing, they are now eighteen years old, and Margaret is still twelve.

My favorite part is when Margaret decides where she is going to live because this is an important decision to take when you are only ten years old. Her decision was very wise because there she would felt comfortable with the people that surrounded her. My least favorite part is when Margaret leaves the note for the Murries because I think that she should have explained to them because in some way they would understand after all that they had picked her up abandoned in the street. This interesting conflict represented in this story is the one between Margaret and the two planets, the Earth and the planet from were Margaret came from. Margaret doesnt know what to decide, to stay in the planet Earth or to leave the Earth to go to her birth planet. I think she did the best leaving the Earth to go and live the rest of her life in her birth planet because the people from the Earth and the other planet are different.

The Theme of this story is that you have to go where you belong so you can feel good because you should live among the persons you deserve to live with. I recommend this book to any one that thinks were alone on this Universe because we arent and I know because its like impossible that we are the only species in this enormous space. If you think we are, just see the stars and you will answer this question.

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