Maggie the Cat (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) Margaret Pollitt (aka Maggie the Cat) is a major character in Tennessee Williams’ 1955 Pulitzer Prize winning play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, made into a movie starring Elizabeth Taylor in 1958. Hers is the face (and slip-clad body) we see when we think of Maggie. She is the sexually frustrated wife of Brick Pollitt, an ex-football star who spends more time drinking and mourning the suicide of his friend Skipper than engaging in marital relations with her. In addition to ignoring her, Brick is also jeopardizing the inheritance due him from “Big Daddy” in favor of his brother, a fact perhaps even more unsettling to Maggie the Cat. Coming from a deprived background, Maggie has made something of herself, having gone to college and married into wealth, and she is not about to hand it all over to a brother-in-law named Gooper and his baby-machine wife (who produces “no-neck monsters”, according to the as-yet-childless Maggie). She is in full bloom and knows it and flaunts it, and the fact that Brick is indifferent to her is a stab to the heart of her ego. But Maggie is a survivor, and at the play’s end we have the feeling she means business as she locks away the liquor and tells Brick that there will, indeed, be a baby. We have no doubt that Maggie will manage to produce it out of her fierce and abiding love for Brick – and for herself.
Margaret “Meg” March (Little Women) Meg is the oldest sister of the four March girls in Louisa May Alcott’s classic, Little Women. She is portrayed as a protective older sister and a good daughter, who goes on to become a devoted wife and mother. Her other main role seems to be as a counter balance for the independent, high-spirited and outspoken Jo. Indeed, she is lovely and kind, but perhaps just a little too self-effacing for our 21st century tastes? You must be the judge.
Margaret “Meg” Murry (A Wrinkle in Time) Meg Murry is the protagonist of Madeleine L’Engel’s 1962 young adult science fiction novel , A Wrinkle in Time. She is a sympathetic social outsider, a thirteen year old at an awkward stage who feels that she is homely, especially compared to her beautiful mother. The plot concerns the fantastic voyage she and her brother embark upon in an effort to find their missing scientist father. They are accompanied by her schoolmate Calvin, whose attentions to Meg begin to make her feel attractive and feminine. It isduring the course of their adventures that Meg learns to use her individual gifts and talents to thwart evil and to do good.
Margaret Schlegel (Howard’s End) Margaret is the protagonist of E. M. Forster’s 1910 masterpiece, Howard’s End, a beautifully drawn examination of the English class system. Margaret is a sterling character (one thinks of Emma Thompson’s great portrayal in the 1992 movie), who addresses all of life’s conflicts with an even-handed , open honesty. She is not a creature of noblesse oblige; she truly connects to people and empathizes with them. She tries her best to right wrongs as she sees them, even while grave wrongs are being done to her. Her development over the years brings her into her own as a compassionate and caring woman, who will leave the world a better place for having inhabited it.
Margaret Simon (Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret) Margaret is the young heroine of Judy Blume’s famous novel, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, about a young girl on the brink of puberty, and how she wrestles with all the problems particular to her species. Since its publication in 1970, it has become a classic for young girls, who identify with her by the dozens, as she encounters the problems caused by “growing up”. Her heartfelt talks with God are both poignant and funny, as she outlines her concerns for His regard.
Margaret Wade (Dennis the Menace) Margaret is the little nemesis of “Dennis the Menace”, Hank Ketcham’s comic series that was begun in 1951. She is a little know-it-all who reigns supreme in the neighborhood, queening it over the other kids with her glasses and her ubiquitous doll carriage. Although she is a source of great annoyance to Dennis, she is sublimely confident in her plan to marry him one day. In the meantime, it is her sworn duty to correct his grammar, his manners, his habits and, in general, his existence.
Margaret - a song by Seven Mary Three
Margaret - a song by Jill Sobule
Margaret - a song by Kevin Ayers
Margaret Ann - a song by Goldfinger
Margaret on the Guillotine - a song by Morrissey
Melancholy Margaret - a song by Toy Dolls
When Margaret Comes To Town - a song by John Mellencamp
Whine & Grind/Stand Down Margaret - a song by The English Beat
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret (Judy Blume) - If anyone tried to determine the most common rite of passage for preteen girls in North America, a girl's first reading of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret would rank near the top of the list. Judy Blume and her character Margaret Simon were the first to say out loud (and in a book even) that it is normal for girls to wonder when they are ever going to fill out their training bras. Puberty is a curious and annoying time. Girls' bodies begin to do freakish things--or, as in Margaret's case, they don't do freakish things nearly as fast as girls wish they would. Adolescents are often so relieved to discover that someone understands their body-angst that they miss one of the book's deeper explorations: a young person's relationship with God. Margaret has a very private relationship with God, and it's only after she moves to New Jersey and hangs out with a new friend that she discovers that it might be weird to talk to God without a priest or a rabbi to mediate. Margaret just wants to fit in! Who is God, and where is He when she needs Him? She begins to look into the cups of her training bra for answers. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Brave Margaret: An Irish Adventure (Robert D. San Souci) - Publisher’s Weekly says “The heroine strikes a blow for womankind in this high-spirited tale set in ancient Ireland. [The illustrator] uses dark and rugged pastels and varying perspective to capture the drama of Margaret's adventures." Recommended for ages 5-10.
Lady Margaret's Ghost: A Felicity Mystery (Elizabeth McDavid Jones) - Felicity has just said good-bye to her mother, who's going on a trip and leaving Felicity in charge of the house. Mother's carriage has barely left before a surprise package arrives, holding silver heirlooms that have been passed down in the Merriman family for a hundred years. Felicity doesn't believe in ghosts ... but what else can explain the odd and eerie things that begin to happen once the heirlooms arrive? Recommended for ages 9-12.
Margaret and Margarita / Margarita y Margaret (Lynn Reiser) - On the left, Margaret (carrying toy rabbit Susan) and her mother come to the park, though the child protests that ``There is no one to play with''; on the right are Margarita, her mother, and a cat named Susana holding the identical conversation--in Spanish. They meet, and while the mothers (assuming that their language difference is a barrier) sit facing outward on the same bench, the little girls gesture, converse, and play with their toys, each picking up a few words of the other's language and parting as friends--with the mothers now smiling at each other. Constructed with unusual imagination and care, a bilingual story that makes a perfect first bridge from either language to the other, with simple but expressive art that will help define the words for new readers. Recommended for ages 3-8.
Margaret of York: The Diabolical Duchess (Christine Weightman) - The amazing life of Margaret of York, the woman who tried to overthrow the Tudors. Reared in a dangerous and unpredictable world Margaret of York, sister of Richard III, would become the standard bearer of the House of York and 'The menace of the Tudors'. This alluring and resourceful woman was Henry VII's 'diabolical duchess'. Safe across the Channel in modern-day Belgium and supported by the Emperor she sent Lambert Simnel and Perkin Warbeck with thousands of troops to England to avenge the destruction of her brother and of the House of York. Both rebellions shook the new Tudor dynasty to the core. Recommended for ages young adult.
Famous People Named Margaret - Margaret Taylor (U.S. First Lady); Margaret Atwood (novelist); Margaret Lockwood (actress); Margaret Mitchell (author); Margaret Rutherford (actress); Margaret Walker (poet); Margaret Mead (anthropologist); Margaret Sanger (founder of the birth control movement in the U.S.); Margaret Thatcher (former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom); Margaret (various royalty)
Famous People who Named their Daughter Margaret - Babe Ruth (baseball giant); Harry S. Truman (U.S. President); J.D. Salinger (author); Mary McCormack (actress); Woodrow Wilson (U.S. President); Zachary Taylor (U.S. President)