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The theme of responsibility in essays In Margaret Laurence's The Stone Angel, the main character Hagar Shipley refused to compromise which is responsible for the outcome of her life as well as the lives of those around her. "Pride was my wilderness and the demon that led me there was fear. [I was] never free, for I carried my chains within me, and they spread out from me and shackled all I touched." (Laurence, MCC Offering Free Career Services Workshops. Hagar's pride and stubbornness were the causes of her failed relationships and lack of love in her life. Her excessive pride destroyed her relationships with her father, brother and husband. It also led to the death of her son John. Her stubbornness caused her marriage to dissolve, her son Marvin to be unhappy, her daughter-in-law's frustration, and her own death. Hagar's overwhelming pride was the reason she could not show love or affection to those around her. She inherited her pride from her father and from an early age she refused to show emotion because she was too proud to let anyone see what she called her weaknesses. Her father was aware that she had "backbone" (10) and that "she took after him" (10) and he told her so. The first sign of Hagar's excessive pride was shown when her father scolded her for telling a customer that there were bugs in the barrel of raisins. She refused to cry before and after the punishment: "I wouldn't let him see me cry, I was so enraged" (9). She continued to build a wall around herself to hide her emotions. Her pride interfered with many relationships in her life. When her brother Dan was dying, her other brother Matt asked her to put on her mother's shawl and pretend to be her to comfort Dan. Hagar refused: '.however much a part of me wanted to sympathize. To play at being her- it was Review: The Many Guises of Meryl in вЂStreepshow!вЂ™ me" (25). Hagar was too proud to pretend to be her weak mother even for her dying brother. Matt resented the fact that Hagar refused to do a favor for Dan and therefore Matt and Hagar's relationship was ruined. MCC Offering Free Career Services Workshops Hagar married .