What is the use of the character of Margaret in Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen?I have to write an essay on this question and am dyng for facts. For me, I only got as far as to think that she...

What is the use of the character of Margaret in Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen?

I have to write an essay on this question and am dyng for facts. For me, I only got as far as to think that she is there to arouse intrigue , flavour and enjoyment to the story.Because she is the one who tells Elinor about Marianne's lock of hair and even add fire to Mrs Jenning's raillery for Elinor about Edward Ferrars. But other than that she's pretty much missing from the story.Is this all there is to her character.For i feel there is more.But just cant get my finger on it.Can anyone please help?

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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You are correct in your assumption that Margaret's character provides entertainment, color and flavor to the story. After all, Margaret is still a child when the events at Norland develop and the situation among the Dashwood women is way too pitiful to allow for every single character to dwell in their misery.

Margaret opens a window into the side of the Dashwood women which is still vital, happy, naive, and mischievous. She does stir and move the action with her innuendos and her innocent blurts of information. She is basically the happy medium between Elinor's sense and Marianne's sensibility. She also allows the tense and stuffy atmosphere in the Dashwood household to soften to her innocence and her natural curiosity.

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