Aunt Beast as a Symbol in “A Wrinkle in Time”

Aunt Beast as a Symbol

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A Fan’s Interpretation of Aunt Beast

Many of the symbols in A Wrinkle in Time use puns and other types of wordplay to help illustrate their significance and add layers of meaning. In A Wrinkle in Time, Aunt Beast makes use of this device to illustrate some of the book’s main symbolism. A Wrinkle in Time is heavily interested in discussing the difference between reality and the way reality appears, and Aunt Beast is one of the best examples of this theme in action.

The Gentle Giants

When we first meet Aunt Beast in A Wrinkle in Time, she and her kind frighten Meg, Calvin, and her father to a pretty serious degree. She seems pretty scary, but her demeanor is a lot more calm and accepting than the way Calvin and Mr. Murray act when we first meet Aunt Beast. A Wrinkle in Time quickly shows us that things are not typically as they seem.

Coming to represent one of the most compassionate symbols in A Wrinkle in Time, Aunt Beast and her friends take Meg, Calvin, and Mr. Murry in, and help them recover so they can continue to fight the Black Thing.

Since the tesseract in A Wrinkle in Time must be used to reach Aunt Beast’s planet it’s relatively easy to understand that her purpose is to help illustrate some of the more lofty symbolism in A Wrinkle in Time. To get to Aunt Beast’s planet, our heroes much travel through space and time, which shows that there’s a lot more to the universe than meets the eye.

We get more of this symbolism in A Wrinkle in Time through Aunt Beast, who shows a high degree of compassion despite her fearful experience. In A Wrinkle in Time, the tesseract helps by acting as a bridge to knowledge and enlightenment that our human heroes might not have been able to access otherwise.

Mysteries of the Universe

Like other symbols in A Wrinkle in Time, Aunt Beast helps to illustrate that there is a lot more to the universe around us than the things we can see, or even imagine. Indeed, Aunt Beast’s homeworld is like nothing on Earth, because Aunt Beast and her friends don’t use physical senses like sight or smell. Like other interstellar beings in A Wrinkle in Time, Aunt Beast communicates telepathically. This helps to bring out a lot of the symbolism in A Wrinkle in Time which concerns the limitations of human speech and language.

As an important healing symbol in A Wrinkle in Time, it’s no surprise that Aunt Beast lives on a planet named after Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of medicine and midwifery. Her character is an interesting one, and helps to give A Wrinkle in Time the depth that has caused it to be so beloved for so many years.