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The Stone Angel is a compelling journey of flashbacks seen through the eyes of Hagar Shipley a 90-year-old woman nearing the end of her life In the novel Margaret Laurence uses the stone angel to effectively symbolize the Currie family values and pride In particular the stone angel essentially represents the pride and cold personality traits of Hagar Shipley Within the novel Margaret Laurence uses the Stone Angel to symbolize the Currie family pride Hagars lack of compassion for her family and friends and Hagars blindness to the feelings and needs of the others Jason Currie purchases the stone angel memorial from Italy at a great expense and places it at the grave of his wife in the Manawaka cemetery The stone angel is the largest and most expensive memorial in the cemetery Although the stone angel is intended to be a memorial for Mrs Currie it is not really suitable because Hagar describes her as being a meek and a feeble ghost 3 The angel is not intended for Mrs Currie but in fact represents the materialistic and egotistical values that characterizes Jason and later Hagar Jason purchases the stone angel in pride not in grief over the death of this wife bought in pride to mark her bones and proclaim his dynasty as he fancied forever and a day Laurence 3 Jasons strong ego is emphasized when at the death of his wife he leaves money to the town for a memorial park that would continue his family name The angel is symbolic of Hagars pride in the way that Hagar seems to be made of stone like the angel Hagars strong pride does not allow her to express her true emotions for fear that she will appear to be soft and weak As a child when Jason punishes her she is determined not to cry I wouldnt let him see my cry I was so enraged He used a foot ruler and
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