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In The Stone Angel Hagar Shipley age ninety tells the story of her life and in doing so tries to come to terms with how her personal attributes deprived her of joy throughout her life Raised with the stern virtues of her pioneer ancestors bestowed upon her through her father Hagar becomes a tragic hero through a life of uncompromising pride -- a pride which sustained her during a stormy marriage and which overpowered her ability to admit that she has made mistakes and ultimately contributing to her overall stubbornness and inability to acheive a warm satisfying relationship with anyone in her life For Hagar Shipley a woman with great independence and dignity living in a world of appearances was an intrinsic routine she endured everyday Revealing emotion to others even to her own father was something she sometimes wanted to do but she just was not capable of doing so The values instilled upon her when she was a child were those of appearing strong and independent at all times believing wholeheartedly that showing any kind emotion was a sign of weakness Gainsay who dare was the familys motto and for someone like Hagar to show emotion she would have to had to have been dared Eventually Hagars solution to a difficult situation was to simply ignore it and hide from her problems instead of dealing with them in a mature fashion Unfortunately for Hagar this approach eventually blocked everyone out of her life and she was unable to really open up to anyone around her eventually introverting her life so that she would not need to open up to anyone else Hagars marriage to Bram was an utter failure even from the very beginning and should have never taken place at all With Hagar already acting as if she is trying to put on a show for everyone having to constantly correct Brams use of the English language simply worsened her state since
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