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The Stone Angel Character Analysis of Hagar Shipley The story centers around ninety year old Hagar Shipley an aging woman living with her eldest and least love son and his wife Margaret Laurence skilfully reveals Hagars past through a series of flashbacks and the reader is taken on a tour of this womans life as she struggles with her present failing condition and her anger and resentments about the past We learn that Hagar inherited many of her harsh qualities from her strong unyielding father Her father Jason Currie was one of the first settlers of the town and she inherited his stubborn resolve and temper which have dogged her all her life Her frozen exterior was the result of the inheritance of pride she had received from her father a pride that feared any weakening of her status For this reason she despised weakness of any form Although she often felt love and happiness she refused to show it fearing that it might be viewed by others as a weakness She resisted all notion of giving voice to the emotion that welled within her She regarded such expression as betrayal to be resisted and tamed She didnt cry at the death of her husband or son Her heart was moved often but her tongue was firmly ruled by her unbending pride giving no expression to the passion she felt Over-zealous attention to past glories of the Currie name led her astray and led her into contemptuous judgements of others Telfords father wasnt very highly regarded Mr Troy is rather a stupid man etc Shes a great character manipulative and proud sweet one moment a holy terror the next At age ninety shes a little senile but still as strong-willed as ever The present action of the novel concerns Hagar as she becomes increasingly unable to care for herself and therefore becomes an intolerable strain on her son and his
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