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Stone Angel Symbolism Essay "Possessions"

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Stone Angel Symbolism EssayPossessions"My most treasured possessions are not things, they are only things, my friends, family and animals are what counts." Basically, "The best things in life are not things." Putting all of one's faith and trust into things one can see, and buy, instead of things that are felt, is much worse than never putting faith in anything at all. It is in people, in relationships between and about real living beings, that one will see the real truth and beauty of life. Things, objects, have no life, they cannot speak, they cannot feel; there is no possibility of true meaningful relationships. This is proved in Margaret Laurence's Stone Angel. She uses a piece of the past within Hagar's family to show the persuasive value possessions can have on a person. She uses family monuments to show this as well. Lastly, she uses a gift from a family member to prove her point. In the novel The Stone Angel, Margaret Laurence uses the symbol of possessions to illustrate that when a person hides themselves emotionally from the world, their relationships are consequently shallow and unfulfilling, until discovering that sharing bonds with people is an essential and inherent part of life.In possession symbolism, the plaid pin is used to show Hagar concealing her emotions from everyone, including herself. She has always been proud of her heritage, and even as a child she coveted all of the intricacies that came with being a member of the Clanranald MacDonalds. Whenever Mr. Currie would ask his children about their heritage, it would always be she who would enthusiastically holler their war cry: "'Gainsay who dare!'" Eventually the pin was passed on to her, but she never speaks of it. Hagar loved their historical background, and it was important to her, but she had never really been close to her dad. To compare the care she had for her dad with the pin, suffice to say the pin would win. That is not to say that she did not care for her father, but she is so unable to express her care toward him, as he cannot towards her. It is easy to see how focussed she is on the material aspects of things, the attention they consume. This is easily done when one is unable, or afraid to present themselves to the rest of the world, for fear of being rejected. She does not tell anyone about how proud she is of her heritage, because when she was little, her brothers would always laugh at her enthusiasm: "'The war cry girl?' And I, who loved that cry although I hadn't an inkling what it meant, would shout it with such ferocity that the boys snickered until our father impaled them with a frown" Instead of talking of these things, she hides them away, and obsesses instead over the objects that represent the things she is interested in. She has an innate fear of rejection, and cannot seem to shake it off. This is so much so that she chooses not to show anything of her real self to anyone at all, instead seeming completely mean and heartless.It is shown through the...

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