Margaret Laurence wrote the fictional novel, The Stone Angel. Portrayed through out this novel was the theme of pride. There was individual pride that Hagar and Jason Currie mainly characterized. There was also the pride that the Curries felt for not lowering themselves or asking others for help.
Jason Currie is a man full of pride for his family, his business and himself. Family pride was exemplified when he “bought in pride” an angel to mark his wife’s “bones and proclaim his dynasty.” Jason Currie took great pride in “the terribly expensive statue”, which “had been brought from Italy” and was “pure white marble.” Jason Currie took great pleasure in the store. He worked hard. Hagar said, “Father took such pride in the store—you’d of thought it was the only one on earth. It was the first in Manawaka, so I guess he had due cause. He would lean across the counter, spreading his hands, and smile so wonderfully you’d feel he welcomed the world.” Hagar’s father had a great deal of pride towards himself. He had excessive self-esteem, as seen when the Reverend Dougall MacCulloch was calling out the names of the people who had contributed to help build the new church. He leaned over and arrogantly said to his daughter, “I and Luke McVitie must’ve given the most, as he called our names the first.”
Hagar Currie is a woman who has much pride in who she is and what other’s think of her. Hagar recollects exhibiting her pride as early as age six when she says, “There was, I strutting the board sidewalk like a pint-sized peacock, resplendent, haughty, hoity-toity, Jason Currie’s black-haired daughter.” When Bram was sick and near death, he did not remember Hagar when he saw her. He told her that she reminded him of Clara. Hagar’s self-esteem was greatly hurt, for she said, “The woman I reminded him of was his fat and cow-like first wife.” Peoples’ opinions have a profound impact on Hagar. For example, after hearing that Lottie and Telford Simmons had been at a dance and had seen John drunk, Hagar said, “If you wanted to make it completely impossible for me ever to hold up my head again in this town, you’ve certainly succeeded.”
The Curries have endless pride in the fact that they never lower themselves or ask for help. Their reputation is important. Even as children, Hagar remembers, “Matt and Dan and I always knew he could never have brought himself to marry his housekeeper.” Hagar was proud of her father’s success because he was a “self-made man.” She said he “had pulled himself up by his bootstraps” and had “begun without money.” Asking for help was never in Hagar’s vocabulary. Just before her life ended, she could not manage to lower her pride and ask for God’s help. She begins to pray thinking “Our Father-no. I want no part of that. All I can think is- Bless me or not, Lord, just as You please, for I’ll not beg.”
Pride was consistent throughout the novel. It played a major role in the story and in Hagar and her father’s life. Pride assisted the way the Curries felt, thought, and lived.