The Theological Theme Of Darkness And Light : Developing Sense Of Self

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The Theological Theme of Darkness and Light: Developing Sense of Self Culture defines our identity and a significant aspect of our culture is religion. Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time and Margaret Atwood’s Year of the Flood both incorporate various theological ideas within their texts, the focus of this essay will be on the concept of darkness and light. This essay will explore how L’engle and Atwood use the religious concept and renegotiate its meaning to shape and develop Meg and Ren’s sense of self. As both texts rework the theme of darkness and light from varying verses in the bible, I will be looking at a few specific biblical verses addressing this theme and its effects on the two characters as they move throughout the text from a structuralist lens. In L’Engle’s, A Wrinkle in Time, Maggie develops a positive sense of her identity, meanwhile in Atwood’s, Year of the Flood, Ren develops a negative sense of self, as they internalize the mantra of darkness and light equating to evil in contrast to goodness, and their placement on the continuum of darkness and light, dictated by their understanding of morality, their surroundings and their actions. The importance in understanding how religion affects oneself through different facets in life is that it reflects within the individual, societal values. Within western society a significant identifier for any individual is morality; good or bad. In L’Engle’s A Wrinkle and Atwood’s Year the binary in morality and its

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