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The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence is a heart-warming story of aninety year old woman who is nearing death and who has very little to lookback on with pride Her life had been ruled by her concern of outwardappearances and manners Although she often felt love and happiness sherefused to show it fearing it may be viewed by others as a weakness Hagarinherited this strong pride from her father Jason Currie along with otherpoor qualities Throughout her life Hagar is desperately trying to escapeFirst she tries to escape from her family mostly her father but in sodoing she also cuts herself off from her brother Matt She also ends upleaving her husband Brampton Secondly Hagar tries to escape from herown poor qualities to which she is captive attempting to fill theemptiness within her Finally and futilely she tries to escape death Allof these attempts fail dismally Throughout the narration of the novel manyimages are put forth repetitiously to aid the development of Hagarscharacter and the main themes The Stone Angel is a very effective storydue largely to the biblical water and flower imagery The biblical imagery is very strong and can be found numerous timesthroughout the novel The name of the main character Hagar is also thename of a hand maid in a biblical story Many parallels are made betweenMargaret Laurences Hagar and the biblical Hagar The Hagar in the biblewas to conceive a son with the husband of her owner Sarah who herselfwas unable to conceive Hagar did bear a son but Sarah became very jealousof Hagar and had her thrown out into the wilderness Hagars son was bornand they both returned to the place where Sarah and her husband AbrahamLaurences husband to Hagar was named Brampton to echo Abraham livedHagar and her son were cast into the wilderness once again when Sarah borea son of her own and Hagars son Ishmael mocked Sarahs child Nearingdeath Hagar and her son were saved by
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