"The Stone Angel" Essay

3087 Words Jan 18th, 2007 13 Pages
The Stone Angel

Margaret Laurence's story of The Stone Angel is about the life Hagar Currie an emotionless, stubborn and proud woman. Margaret Laurence uses this stone angel, originally bought by Hagar's father, to embody the qualities of Hagar. These virtues are often identical to those one assumes are possessed by the stone angel and are paralleled many times by Laurence. Throughout the novel, Hagar relives her life through her memories.

Over the course of the novel, one realizes that Hagar's loneliness and depression are, in fact, brought on by her pride, detached emotions, obstinacy and ignorance which she uses, subconsciously or not, to push those who love her most away. Hagar Currie was incapable of loving others, much like
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"What a disgrace to be seen crying by that fat Doris" (Page 6) "I wouldn't cry in front of strangers, whatever it cost me." (Page 242) She could never allow others to know how she felt. She had built up walls so strong; no one could ever get through them. Hagar was and remained emotionless throughout her entire life. The stone angel watching over the city never shed a tear, rarely did she. Her inability to express her own emotions led to her ignorance of others and their emotions.

Hagar Currie, who became Hagar Shipley, was very stubborn throughout her life but became even more so as the years went by. She is very set on doing whatever she grew up doing and does not recognize the value of any of the suggestions or ideas put forth by others. She becomes very annoyed and angry when she is told what to do. The most prominent example of this attribute is when Hagar is brought to view Silverthreads and judge whether or not she likes it. Since Hagar psychologically believes Doris, her daughter-in-law wants to get rid of her and her son Marvin will not stick up for her, the moment an old lady tells her she will be left here whether or not she agrees to it, she believes her and starts running away. It doesn't cross her mind that the old woman could be wrong, or that her family could be different. She simply believes her only alternative is to run away. Hagar attempts to run away, only to find herself lost. Throughout the entire

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