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Prof Pat Swenson

Campus Email: pat.swenson@csun.edu

Elements of Fiction

Literary Theory

Myth & Archetype: The Hero's Quest

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Department of English

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Liberal Studies Program

EA 100
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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle - Discussion Guide



Meg Murry, Sandy and Dennys, Charles Wallace, Mrs. Murry, Mr. Murry, Fortinbras, Miss Porter

Mr. Jenkins, Calvin O'Keefe, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, The Medium, The Black Thing

Mother and Son w/Ball, Man w/Red Eyes, Paper Boy, IT, 3 Beasts, Aunt Beast


Person-against-self - an internal conflict of feelings.

Person-against-person - the typical protagonist vs. antagonist scenario.

Person-against-society - the protagonist battles against the larger organizations of society
(or a system of beliefs held by society).

Person-against-nature - the protagonist is threatened by a component of nature.


Analyze themes such as: friendship, acceptance, courage, loss, believing in your self, love conquers all, good vs. evil.

Define the following terms: tesseract, telepathy, time travel.

Pre-Reading/Post-Reading Activities

Language Arts: Fantasy, Mystery, Magical Thinking, Science Fiction

Science: Telepathy, Time Travel

Classroom Projects: Art, Writing, Comparative Religious Studies