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Bram Shipely A character who stood for the average middle class man of the time Bram was rejected by the citizens of Manawak For if Hagar could have her way Bram would have been a different man In the novel Margaret Laurance describes the character with a rough exterior with a soft heart Laurance was successful in representing the living individual in this case Bram was a hard worker when he wanted to be but his theory in life take what you need not what you want really helped explain his values in life This also limited his success Bram like most humans close the door on problems facing him Instead of confronting them Bram would turn away Bram also had many problems like most men his biggest one was alcohol Bram would drink with his buddys and then stay in his barn when his drunkenness was not accepted in the house This problem also led to his death Bram didnt care if he affected other people and wouldnt let other people affect his beliefs This was also from a man who would choose love over money This is evident when he chooses between farming and breeding saddle horses Bram says let somebody else cash in I got enough to buy what I want pg 23 Margaret does an excellent job of representing an individual in this case She relates him to many aspects of life and how people live She also represents the common man with this character Margaret does an excellent job of expressing her personality in this novel Theme The soul is born old but grows young That is the comedy of life The body is born young but grows old Thats lifes tragedy This quote is very powerful in relation to the novel I feel this quote relates to Hagar When we are young we are very closed minded about what
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