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Marguerite is a central character in Gounod's opera "Faust," based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's play of the same name. She is a young woman who is innocent, virtuous, and deeply religious, living in 16th-century Germany. She is portrayed as being in stark contrast to the corrupted and cynical world of Faust and Mephistopheles.

Faust falls deeply in love with Marguerite and seduces her, leading to her pregnancy and subsequent abandonment by Faust. Marguerite's situation is worsened by Mephistopheles, who manipulates events to ensure her downfall, resulting in her being imprisoned and facing execution for killing her own child.

Marguerite's character embodies the ideal of feminine purity and innocence, which is often contrasted with the corruption and evil of the male characters in the opera. She is depicted as a tragic figure, a victim of Faust's desires and Mephistopheles' schemes, and ultimately pays the price for their actions.

Despite the tragic ending to Marguerite's story, her character and her relationship with Faust have inspired numerous adaptations and interpretations in literature, music, and other forms of art.

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