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Hagar As A Holy Terror, "The Stone Angel" By Margaret Laurence

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Hagar is a "holy Terror" But does she also arouse pity, Hagar seems to try to avoid pity right throughout the novel, as she believes that a proud woman is not pitied. Although she does like to be pitied, she does not like to shed tears, however she almost cries on a bus when a young teenage girl gets up and gives Hagar her seat, "I scarcely nod my thanks, fearing she'll see my unseemly tears." Hagar does not really know how to deal with emotions, as she has never really expressed them.There are many missteps that lead to Hagar's ruin.Missteps that lead to Hagar's ruin, her concept of death began early since her mother died giving birth to her, yet throughout her life she does not know how to deal with death. When her brother Matt asks her to comfort her brother Dan in his last minutes, she says she cannot, this affects the rest of her life as she often recalls not being able to be with him. A big problem with Hagar is her pride, Hagar's memory recollects her showing off her pride as early as six years of age, "there I was strutting the board sidewalk like a pint s size peacock, resplendent, haughty, hoity-toity, Jason Currie's Black-haired Daughter."(page 6) Hagar doesn't know how to deal with loss of pride, we see this shown when Hagar finds out that her Son and daughter-in-law are looking at old age homes. Hagar gets into an agument with Doris about the nursing home and letting her pride get the best of her she tries to just turn and walk away, "wishing to be haughty, but hideously hitting the edge of the dining room table" (page 58)Hagar avoids the Currie memorial park, because her father gave all the money to the town in his will and gave nothing to her, because she married Bram. This may not really be a misstep but it defiantly ails Hagar.Hagar's hatred towards Doris gets the best of her, Hagar does not want to be helped, but Doris seems to find the need to aid Hagar in her old age, and although she quarrels with Doris over the nursing home she really does like it.Hagar does not love her first son, as she was not ready for children when she had him, but she loved her second...

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