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In Margaret Laurences novel The Stone Angel Hagar Shipley experiences many different relationships The key relationships in her life are all with men her respectful but cold relationship with her father her impersonal relationship with her husband Bram Shipley her one-sided protective relationship with John and her distant but ultimately redeemed relationship with Marvin are each important aspects of her life Hagars first key relationship is with her father Jason Currie This relationship has its basis in mutual respect Hagar has tremendous respect for her father as a child she admires his ability to make his own life as a successful storeowner by rising above his initial state of poverty and going from nothing to something She admires this ability because it shows a sense of perseverance and determination that she herself values Additionally it is crucial to her respect that he achieves his standing in life through his strong-will he made it in life by being strong and forceful rather than by putting his emphasis on emotions This strong-willed personality and unwillingness to show a form of weakness through emotions - forms of pride - become cornerstones of Hagars own character Indeed the key factor in the relationship between Hagar and her father is that they have a similar personality Both insist on proving their strength and pride stopping either of them from being able to connect to the other on an emotional level This pride is evident in her fathers punishment of her when she tells a customer that there are bugs in his store as a child he clearly takes great pride in his work Hagar too is proud to the point of resisting her need to cry when her father hits her She gains his resolve to put forth the image of strength at all times and to mask her vulnerability with pride This form of strength leads Jason to carry respect for Hagar as well She wants to please him
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