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At one time in life every individual is faced with the horrible fact of death Death is a subject that everyone fears because they associate death with their end and not a new beginning In The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence Hagar is no different When she faces the reality of the implications of growing old she is faced with a journey not one of her choice but one of destiny Through her journey Hagar goes through the five different stages leading up towards death denial anger bargaining depression and finally acceptance The novel demonstrates each of Hagars steps along the difficult journey of death which is frightening and intimidating but also inevitable When Hagar is first faced with the truth that she is getting old and not going to be around much longer her first reaction is one of denial Hagar cannot believe that this is happening to her In her mind she more or less associates death as a horrible nightmare of which she will eventually wake up and everything will be a dream and life will return back to normal Hagars denial can be seen when she describes herself Because I cannot remember doing it nor yet recall definitely not doing itI become flustered Laurence 30 Hagars greatest difficulty is that her memory is failing her and this infuriates her more than anything else but it also allows her to create an illusion that everything will be fine Hagar makes herself believe that this cannot be happening Then terribly I perceive the tears my own they must be although they have sprung so unbidden I feel they are like the incontinent wetness of the infirm Trickling they taunt down my face I dismiss them blaspheme against them - let them be gone But I have spoken and they are still there Laurence 31 Hagar rejects everything that would shatter her illusion that she has created Doris believes that
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