How many diferent themes are there in The Stone Angel?

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In Margaret Laurence’s novel The Stone Angel, there are many different themes such as: alienation, pride, and ageing.  It is primarily a novel about an older woman named Hagar, who because of her advanced age is no longer able to do the things she was once able to do in her younger days. Hagar often feels alienated from others because of her feelings of inadequacies and because she seems to cage herself in with negative perceptions of old age.  She cannot accept the changes that are happening to her.  In addition, Laurence’s theme of pride is emphasised with Hagar’s enormous pride and ego.  Because of this pride, she has even greater difficulties accepting the challenges presented during this time in her life.

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