Margaret in S&S2
Posted by Patricia on September 25, 1997 at 02:11:31:
In response to Agreement, written by Sarah on September 25, 1997 at 01:14:56
] And be careful when drawing conclusions about Austen based on this film. Margaret is far less developed in the book.
] That's right - Jane says right from the outset that Margaret bears little importance on the novel. Perhaps Emma Thompson included her as another point of reference in the film?
ET uses the character of Margaret to endear us all to Edward. In the book Elinor has seven months to get to know this shy guy but the reader keeps wondering what it is she sees in him. This is especially puzzling when we learn he failed to mention his engagement to Lucy! But in the movie we see Elinor fall for him because of his kindness to and affection for Margaret.
The character of Margaret is also used to show the impish and romantic side of Col. Brandon when she asks him about the East Indies. Emma Thompson takes the one dimensional men of S&S and breathes life into them partly through the device of child.
Well done, Emma!
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