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In Margaret Laurences The Stone Angel the main character Hagar Shipley refused to compromise which shaped the outcome of her life as well as the lives of those around her Pride was my wilderness and the demon that led me there was fear I was never free for I carried my chains within me and they spread out from me and shackled all I touched Laurence 292 Hagars pride and stubbornness were the causes of her failed relationships and lack of love in her life Her excessive pride destroyed her relationships with her father brother and husband It also led to the death of her son John Her stubbornness caused her marriage to dissolve Marvin to be unhappy her daughter-in-laws frustration and her own death Hagars overwhelming pride was the reason she could not show love nor affection to those around her She inherited her pride from her father and from an early age she always refused to show emotion because she was too proud to let anyone see her weaknesses Her father made aware that she had backbone p10 and that she took after him p10 The first sigh of Hagars excessive pride was shown when her father scolded her for telling a customer that there were bugs in the barrel of raisins She refused to cry before and after the punishment I wouldnt let him see me cry I was so enraged p9 She continued to build a wall around herself to hide her emotions Her pride interfered with many relationships in her life When her brother Dan was dying her other brother Matt asked her to put on her mothers shawl and pretend to be her to comfort Dan Hagar refused however much a part of me wanted to sympathise To play at being her- it was beyond me p25 Hagar was to proud to pretend to be her weak mother even for her dying brother Matt resented the
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