Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

analytical Essay
638 words
638 words

Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

In the essay Fifth Business, each of the main character traits is developed more and more clearly throughout their lives. Childhood characteristics are evident in the characters of Dustan Ramsay, Percy Boyd Stauton and Paul Dempster. All paranoia, and memories of the town of Deptford are resurfaced in each of them after they all had left to start lives on their own. It was childhood that scared or marked them as people and the fact that parents often have influence on children so, there is no question that these characters were definitely influenced by the parents in Deptford. Also, it is evident that each character seems to run away due to the insecurities that they faced as children. Dunstan ran from his guilt, Percy for his status and ego and Paul from his challenges as a misfit. Each seemed to wander like nomads throughout their lives, while these insecurities where never faced or challenged so they could change their point of views. It was what seemed to be instilled within them like, the theory that the first five years of childhood shape the personalities of individuals. This is certainly evident in the novel at the beginning to the end. Dunstan ?s childhood was affected deeply through each situation he faced as a young man, to a highly respected professor.

He felt he was the center of all bad things, which occurred around him. Mrs. Demster?s accident was the main influence of his guilt because he felt that he was additionally...

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the characters of dustan ramsay, percy boyd stauton, and paul dempster are influenced by the parents in deptford.
  • Analyzes how dunstan felt he was the center of all bad things, which occurred around him. he lived with the guilt because it was his punishment, but more so, the punishment that percy would not accept.
  • Analyzes how percy's childhood was affected in conjunction with dunstan and paul?s lives. he changed his name to boy staunton, and it suited him admirably.
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