When faced with conflict and anger most do not respond in love. People tend to reflect the same behavior. In Madeleine L’Engle’s book, A Wrinkle in Time, Meg Murry, went on an adventure in search of her father. Meg learns to respond with love even though she is confronted with hate and evil along her journey. Meg is an example of how strong love can be.
Her adventure started when her father went missing for several years. People in her town started to comment about her father saying that he had run away with another women and that he was dead. Despite everything that was said, Meg loved her father and refused to let their words affect her love for him. , “At first we got lots of letters. Mother and father always wrote each other every day. I think Mother writes him every night. Every once in a while the postmistress makes some kinds of a crack about all her letters. I suppose they think she’s pursuing him or something,” (L’Engle, 42). Even though the people were gossiping about her father leaving she trusted him no matter what. She loved her father so much that she kept believing in him.She continued to love her family when she went back to an evil planet to save her little brother, Charles Wallace. Meg met three mysterious and magical women and they took her, Calvin, and Charles Wallace to Camazotz, an evil planet that had submitted to the darkness in search of their father. They finally found him but not before IT got Charles. They went to confront IT to get him back, but barely made it out. Their father took them to the next planet over but as soon as they got there Meg realized they left Charles Wallace behind. At first Meg was scared but she fought her fear when she realized that even though she was the weakest person she had the strongest weapon, love. “That it has to be me. It can’t be anyone else. I don’t understand Charles, but he understands me. I’m the only one who’s closest to him,” (L’Engle 188). Though she felt powerless she had the most empowering thing in the world: he loved her and she loved him. Nothing was more beautiful as the love between a family. It can bring healing, comfort, and beauty to anyone it touches.
Love gave Meg the strength to forgive anyone; Meg proved this when she forgave her father though she was angry and frustrated with him. Meg was furious with her father for leaving Charles on Camazotz. Even though she was frustrated with him she still loved him enough to forgive him. “She looked toward her father and her confused anger was gone and she felt only love and pride. She smiled at him, asking forgiveness, and then pressed up against Aunt Beast.”(L’Engle 186) love can overcome anything. Though Meg was angry and hurting she forgave her father. Meg is an example of just how powerful love can be.
No matter what Meg went through she responded with love. The only weapon in the battle between good and evil is love. Love is the most important thing in our lives. It can’t be bought or sold. It is the most precious gift you could ever give or be given. Love is the only thing Meg needed to destroy IT. It gave her the power to trust, to be brave, and to forgive. Love was stronger than anything she faced.