Like the stone angel, Hagar displays no emotion. Even when her brother Dan is dying, her proud strengths leads her to be unable to comfort Dan. "But all I could think of was the meek woman IÕd never seen, the woman Dan was said to resemble so much and from whom he inherited a frailty I could not help but detest, however part of me wanted to sympathize. To play at being her Ð it was beyond me." When her favorite son John dies, she sheds not one tear; although she loves him very much.
The angel was certainly not a suitable statue to mark the death of Mrs. Currie as it was uncharacteristic of her. The statue of the angel is a more fitting representation of Hagar’s father Jason Currie and hence suits Hagar because her personality was undoubtedly inherited from her father. The pride inherited from her father causes her much trouble throughout life as it seems to be the main root of her problems. Hagar’s lack of emotion is also consistent with the characteristics of the stone angel. Her inability to show true emotion effects her a lot later in life and is the main reason she is unable to keep a relationship.
As Hagar looks back on her life she never realizes that she is being cruel to both of her brothers when Dan is dying. “'I can't, Matt.' I was crying, shaken by torments he never even suspected, wanting above all else to do the thing he asked, but unable to do it, unable to bend enough.” (Laurence 25) Hagar never realizes that she is only thinking of herself in this family situation. When their brother Dan is dying and needs comfort from his mother, Matt tells Hagar wear their mother's shawl and to comfort Dan before he dies. Hagar's pride stops her from helping Dan because Hagar prides herself on not being weak and for her to put on the shawl it would remind of Hagar of her “meek woman” she calls her mother.
Unlike Laura, this was her own family she lacked sympathy for. She never expressed any responsibilty about how her children were going to handle the loss of their father. At the end of the story is the only time Elizabeth expressed concern for her children ... ... middle of paper ... ..., but Laura saw a beauty in death which helped her to see the beauty of life. Elizabeth realized the frightening possibility that life was just an immediate placement and that her reality resided in death. Even though Laura and Elizabeth were uncompassionate towards the families, failed to call the deceased by their names, felt shame and had a life and death epiphany, both women had different stances and reasons concerning their actions.
In Margaret Laurence's, The Stone Angel, the symbol of Hagar's mother's grave marker, a stone angel, is used to illustrate aspects of Hagar's personality. The stone angel is symbolic of Hagar's pride in the Currie name, her inability to show emotions, and her blindness to those around her. Through the use of the stone angel Laurence portrays in Hagar a realistic and interchangeable character. Bibliography: Laurence, Margaret. The Stone Angel.
Upon seeing her husband alive and well Louise realizes that the life she has imagined is not to be. The return of Brently signals a return of the patriarchal oppression in her life, and after imagining herself as an individual and then to be denied the chance to live freely is a punishment far worse than the crime. Louise loses her identity and once again becomes "his wife." Richards once more tries to protect her, a helpless woman, by attempting to block her view from her husband, because of the fragile state of her heart. Mrs. Mallard's strengths are gone, never to be acknowledged by the men in her life.
The realization of her love for Robert causes Edna much grief because she understands that she can never act on her feelings for Robert because of her marriage to Leonce. Edna also realizes that she is discontent with her role in society. Society expects Edna to act like a loving mother and devoted wife. The typical “mother-woman” was expected to “idolize their children and worship their husbands.” Edna was not a typical “mother-woman”. When her kids fell while playing they would not come to her like most “mother-tots.” They would simply pick themselves back up, wipe the sand out of their mouths, and continue playing.
Through the negative experiences that she has had with motherhood, Sula does not want to become a mother. She sees Hannah’s sadness and frustration with Eva and recognizes her poor relationship with Hannah and does not want to repeat it. Sula’s insufficient relationship with her mother is exposed when Sula watched her mother burn and die. Sula does not attempt to help her mother, she only stands silently and watches her mother die. Eva notices this but, “remained convinced that Sula had watched Hannah burn not because she was paralyzed, but because she was interested” (78).
She dies completely alone, and no one at the ranch feels sorry for her, not even her own husband, but there is one person that does. The reader. This is completely contradictory because the reader should feel relief that she is dead, her death would mean no more trouble for George and Lennie, but she did not deserve to pass the way. The reader regrets hating her all along because in the end she was extraordinary. Number of Words: 1,025
From the very start of the novel, the angel is a constant reminder of Hagar’s pride and bond with her father. Their relationship was unsteady and in the end non-existent because their separate prides didn’t work well together. Ironically, the stone angel is knocked on its side and is damaged. This serves as a reminder that life it represents is tragic. While Hagar is in her final days, she sees the stone angel as a sign of how she lived her life standing tall and strong hasn’t done much for her.