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Biblical Archetypes The Biblical Archetypes in The Stone Angel A Comparison Between the Bible and The Stone Angel Often times great novels and plays allude to religion to mythology or to other literary works for dramatic purposes Shakespearean plays are perfect examples Allusions help the reader or spectator better understand through visualization a character or an event in a novel In some cases the characters the events or a series of events are structured according to the people and the action in other stories whether the stories be religious mythological classical or historical The character or the event therefore becomes a prototype of the character or event alluded to A prototypical character in a novel is usually referred to as an archetype The Stone Angel a chronicle of Hagar Shipleys life purposely or coincidentally parallels the Biblical story of Hagar the Egyptian bondwoman from the book of Genesis thus Hagar Shipley is an archetype of the Biblical Hagar In fact many of the events and people in The Stone Angel are similar to the events and people from the book of Genesis The most important archetypal reference however is Hagar herself for many of the things she does says and represents are indicative of the things the Biblical Hagar does says and represents Aside from sharing the same name to what extent does Hagar Shipley resemble the Egyptian Hagar and to what extent does The Stone Angel resemble the book of Genesis Although both stories are very similar they are also very different These similarities and these differences become apparent upon examination of Hagar John Marvin Bram and the Biblical characters they parallel As earlier stated Hagar Shipleys character is very similar to the Egyptian Hagar from the book of Genesis Upon examination of the similarities please keep in mind the difference between the time periods of the two stories How do the two Hagars resemble each other Both women hold
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