Strength In The Stone Angel

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Strength is often misinterpreted as showing no emotion. In Margaret Laurence’s novel The Stone Angel, The protagonist, Hagar Currie/Shipley is strongly influenced by her father, Jason Currie. Jason taught Hagar to be tough and tenacious. Hagar shields her weakness with her inability to help her peers. Hagar unsuccessfully plays the roles of a maiden, wife, and mother in her life. As a maiden in a patriarchal society, Hagar does not conform and refuses to offer sympathy to her family. During her time as a wife, Hagar is unable to show her husband love, and does not fulfill the typical role of a wife. As a mother, Hagar fails to show her children affection and ultimately drives them away from her. Hagar’s inability to comfort her family hurts …show more content…
She labels him as a bad influence and a man who has no class. On the other hand, John describes Charlie as being a man with good intentions. “’He wasn’t such a bad old guy,’ John said. ‘He used to give me jelly beans, when I was a kid, and let me have rides in old man Doherty’s two-horse sleigh….’ I could hardly picture Charlie in this role” (Laurence 176). Hagar feels that Bram should not associate himself with Charlie because of his class. She fails to realize that although Charlie does not have high class, he still has good intentions. Hagar puts down Bram for spending time with the only true friend he has, even though Bram and Hagar are at the same level of class as Charlie.
During John’s upbringing, Hagar reaches a point where she feels that Bram is not the right role model for John. She decides to abandon Bram and her other son Marvin, and head out west: ’That’s all you’ve got to say?’ I cried. ‘Food, for heaven’s sake?’ Bram looked at me. ‘I got nothing to say, Hagar. It’s you that’s done the saying. Well if you’re going, go’ (Laurence 142). Instead of confronting Bram and Marvin and telling them why she is leaving, expects sympathy from Bram. On top of abandoning Bram and Marvin, Hagar causes Marvin to grow up without his brother and mother, and John to grow up without his brother and father. This action also leaves Hagar without a husband and one of her sons; two main figures in her life. Hagar fails at comforting her husband similar to how she does with her

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