The angel is symbolic of Hagar’s pride. Hagar seems to be madeof stone, like the angel. Hagar’s strong pride does not allow her to express her true emotions for fear that she will appear to be soft and weak. As a child, when Jason punishes her, she is determined not to cry: I wouldn’t let him see my cry, I was so enraged. He used a foot ruler, and when I jerked my smarting palms back, he
made me hold them out again. He looked at my dry eyes in
a kind of fury… (9)
It was her pride that keeps her from speaking up and fighting for her brother, Matt when Jason sends her away to college to become more civilized. Although Hagar knows Matt deserves to go more than she does, her pride prevents her from showing her true feelings to Matt: I wanted to tell Matt I knew he should have been the one to go east, but I could not speak of it to him… When it came to saying good-bye to Matt, at first I avoided his eyes but then I thought- why on earth should I? So I looked at him squarely and said good-bye so evenly and calmly you’d have thought I was going over to South Wachakwa or Freehold and would be
back that evening. Later in the train, I cried, thinking of him, but of course, he never knew that, and I’d have been the last to tell him. (42)
Hagar is just as hard and cold hearted as the stone angel. Hagar never reveals her feelings, and for this reason, she is not able to develop genuine relationships. Her pride prevents her from showing emotions she feels and also prevents her from dealing with the strong emotions of others: "She’s everything in the world to me," Lottie said…"I lost two before I finally had her… you don’t know -"
And then I did know, and cursed myself for my meanness
before, for thinking myself the only one. (212)
In this quote, Hagar realizes that she has been very unappreciative of Lottie and her feelings. Hagar recognizes that she is only thinking of herself. When their brother Dan is dying...