"Like and equal are not the same thing at all!"
Murry is one of the characters I've known for the longest time. She is
the protagonist of one of my top childhood favorite books, and is
another one of the few characters whose story I have acted out. I love
Meg Murry, not because she's perfect, but because she's so relatably
Meg has a hard time with life. She's different from
everyone else, and so few people like her. She's brilliant when it comes
to math and science, but when it comes to English and geography, forget
it. On top of that, her dear little brother Charles Wallace (oh, how I
wanted a brother like him) is super brilliant and can know what she's
thinking, but doesn't talk outside the family, and so people think he's
stupid. Meg isn't pretty. She has very plain mousy brown hair, braces
and glasses. I remember my glasses and braces phase. It's certainly an
awkward one. But that's not even all. While doing government work, her
father disappeared. Without a trace. No one knows anything. Or at least,
no one is telling Meg's family. Because what he did was Top Secret.
then strange things begin to happen. With the arrival of Mrs. Whatsit,
Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe, a
boy from school, set out to rescue Meg's father. But to rescue him, they
have to travel to other planets by way of the tesseract and encounter
IT on the planet Camazotz. And in doing so, they become fighters against
evil, doing their part to defeat the Black Thing, the powers of
darkness, as we all must do.
Meg is fearful. Who wouldn't be? But
she is also impatient and stubborn. And when IT, via the Man With Red
Eyes, takes control of Charles Wallace, Meg has to be braver than ever
before. But it is through this that she begins to realize that it is
good to be different. That like and equal are not the same thing.
struggles are not yet over. Finding her father doesn't make things
immediately better, as she thought it would. If anything, they're worse.
Charles Wallace is gone. The Black Thing almost takes her as they
tesser through it. And she blames her father for not making it all
better. When the Mrs. W's return and bring the news that Meg is the only
one who can rescue Charles Wallace, she doesn't take the news
willingly. Slowly she realizes her mistakes. And she understands that
she really is the only one who can save Charles Wallace, with
the thing she has that IT hasn't got. What does IT not have? Meg
discovers it to be love. Love. Love for her baby brother. Love for all
the people she cares about. Loving her baby brother is the only thing
that can save him. And that love brings them home.
learns some hard lessons. She learns what a good vs. evil fight really
is. She learns that it's not wrong to be different and that everyone
shouldn't be exactly alike. She gains friends, Calvin in particular. She
gets her father back. She has Charles Wallace still with her. The fight
isn't over. Meg still has her impatience and stubbornness to deal with.
But she will be able to fight evil in every way she can.