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In the novel The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence Hagar Shipley's personality traits are relevant to the different aspects of her life. Discuss.

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In the novel The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence Hagar Shipley's personality traits are relevant to the different aspects of her life. She has many strong qualities that are expressed in a free manner. Throughout her life her characteristics have been genuine to her character. She is independent, she fights her weaknesses and she has lots of pride. Independence is defined as free from the influence, guidance, or control of another or others; self-reliant. Hagar was truly independent because she always longed to do things on her own. Even as a young woman, Hagar demonstrated her independence remarkably. After Hagar's marriage with Brampton didn't turn out the way she expected it to; she demonstrated her independence once more by leaving her husband and starting a life of her own with her youngest son. " "Are we going to live with Marvin by the coast?" ...read more.


Hagar could tell that she was slowly losing her independence because she could no longer do the things she use to on her own and this made her bitter. Therefore, independence is an important quality in Hagar's character. Hagar viewed weakness as most do, a personal defect or failure. Only, she couldn't bear showing herself as weak. She spent a lifetime trying to fight off her weakness's. Her determination to keep a strong exterior prevents her from comforting her dying brother, Dan. She does not want to let her brother, or anyone else see her emotions. "But all I could think of was that meek woman I'd never seen, the woman Dan was said to resemble so much and from whom he'd inherited a frailty I could not help but detest, however much a part of me wanted to sympathize. ...read more.


Therefore, Hagar's pride is apparent because she's prancing around her neighbourhood in order to show her self-esteem. Moreover, Hagar's pride is manifest when she realizes that Marvin and Doris want to sell the house. "I can think of only one thing - the house is mine. I bought it with my the money I worked for, in this which has served as a kind of home ever since I left the prairies." Thus, Hagar is proud of owning a house that she worked for and bought herself. She is in no manner ready to give it up. All in all, pride is an extravagant side of Hagar's character. In the novel The Stone Angel Hagar's personality is easily detected because she expresses herself and her wishes without a doubt in her mind. This character is defined as independent, afraid of her weaknesses and her pride is extravagant. ...read more.

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