A Wrinkle in Time Literary Conflict by Madeleine L'Engle
MAN vs MAN
MAN vs SELF
I can't go! I can't! You know I can't!
MAN vs SOCIETY
MAN vs SUPERNATURAL
Meg struggles to get along with her peers. On the way home from school, she gets into a fight with a classmate who calls Charles Wallace "dumb".
Meg struggles with self-doubt. She believes she is a failure academically and socially. When she is called upon to face IT on Camazotz, she must overcome her doubts in order to succeed.
On Camazotz, all citizens are expected to act and think the same. The young boy who bounces his ball out of rhythm is forced to practice bouncing it properly at CENTRAL Central Intelligence. With each bounce, he feels a stab of pain as punishment.
The Murrys, Calvin, and the three Mrs. W's fight an evil supernatural force. This evil is represented in multiple ways: the Dark Thing, the Man with the Red Eyes, and IT. The protagonists use love and hope to fight this evil, but can't destroy it completely.