The Diviners By By Margret Laurence

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As we continue with our life journey, we find the past typically integrates with the present. In the novel "The Diviners" by Margret Laurence, the protagonist, Morag, ventures through her journey of self-discovery. Throughout her pilgrimage, Morag's conflicts with herself and society as a whole bring out the fundamental principle of her character: her perseverance. Although there were other external factors that had an effect, Morag's unconquerable will was built primarily by her experiences in her childhood, adulthood, and ancestral past.

From an early age, Morag learns the importance of strength and conviction because of her childhood experiences. During the first few years of her life, ...view middle of the document...

” (Laurence 183). Morag divorces from Brooke, and boards a train, distancing herself as far as possible from Brooke. While Morag is pondering her next decision, the author states: “The train moves West” (Laurence 231). This symbolizes an escape, Morag’s freedom from Brooke's restraints, and the restrictive lifestyle that Toronto imposes on her. It also symbolizes the "Wild West", giving the comparison between Morag and an outlaw, remaining resilient through hardships. Despite the adversity she faces, Morag contentedly moves on, just like her ancestors have done.

Although it is much more subtle, Morag does not only draw her strength from her own experience, but she also draws on the strength of her ancestors. During Morag's early years, Christie would tell her tales of her ancestral past, such as the stories of Piper Gunn and the Scotts. When given the chance, she would plead: “Christie, tell me about Piper Gunn" (Laurence 39). Those tales of the Clan Gunn prove to play a critical role in her development as a character. She looks up to likes of Piper Gunn and embodies him in her own persona, emulating his “strength of conviction” (Laurence 41), ironically. Despite the fact that these tales are shown to be false, they have manifested into Morag’s fighting spirit and...

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