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THE TRAGEDY OF FIFTH BUSINESSThe best novels that are written are usually ones that are tragic with and an unhappy ending or an ending that we can not comprehend.The novel,”Fifth Business”written by Robertson Davies is a tragic story about a boy’s journey to manhood and on the journey we see the downfalls of all the people of Dunstan Ramsay’s life and what they amount to or how their lives were robbed or shortened.If a story did not have a tragic ending then it would not touch our heart and make us Throughout the novel a series of negative events occured in a youngster’s life and each and everyone changed young Dunstan’s life.The start of the tragedies was the premature birth of Paul Dempster because Dunstan’s best friend Percy threw a snowball at him,which Dunstan dodged and it hit the pregnant Mary Dempster causing her to go into labour and to her insanity.This incident made Dunstan forever obligated to Mary and to feel guilty for his entire life.Mary became more crazy and did such things as sleep with a homeless man because he simply wanted to have sex with her,this led to the children constantly teasing Paul that his mother was a whore and Paul running away to join the circus.The entire Dempster situation had a great impact on Dunstan,for he felt responsible for Paul running away and for Mary becoming almost completely insane and this is alot for a young teenager to dealwith.Mary’s husband then died which she became totally insane and incapable of taking care of herself.The whole Dempster family had a tragic life.The entire Ramsay family was’nt much better off because Dunstan’s older brother got severely ill and recovered and went off to the war and never returned.Dunstan then went off to war and lost a leg and got badly wounded and returned to hishome town only to learn that both his parents with half of the town died from the fluand Dunstan was the only remaining Ramsay.As far a love and good relationships go, this story came up short.Dunstan’s bestfriend married his childhood sweetheart and Percy constsntly tried to train and groom her to be his ideal wife,which she was incapable of fullfilling,so Percy eventually after having two children with her lost interest and started having affairs.Leola found out and tried to kill herself after trying to sleep with Dunstan.Leola eventually died of illness.Another example of brokenheart was Dunstan and a nurse that treated him when wounded.Diana loved him and Dunstan just could not picture spending the rest of his life with her so he left her after months of caring and sharingand fun.Dunstan eventually found Paul who had become an incredible magician that was making a decent living and told him of his mother’s condition and how her guardian had died and left money for himself to take care of Mary,but the lawyer hadlost the money and committed suicide and he was left with Mary and no money,so he had no other option than to put her in a cheap ,rundown hospital.Dunstan also told Paul how much she missed him and that it was because of Paul leaving why she was insane.Paul did not care less and denied his own mother and any realationship there was and for a son to disown his mother is the highest degree of tragedy.Mary eventually died and Dunstan was fairly relieved and did something odd.He cried when she died and he had not cried for decades,not even when his brother,father, or even his mother died.Paul eventually met up with Percy at Dunstan’s home and they argued over the whole snowball incident and after beingfilled with grief and guilt Percy committed suicide which caused Dunstan to have a Throughout the entire intrigueing novel alot accomplishments were done and there were a few happy scenes or results but the story was basically one tragedy after another.Every major character from the begining died except Paul and Dunstanand there was no successful marriage or lasting relationship except for the late Mr and Mrs Ramsay.Readers always like happy and gleeful novels,but always respect and remember tragic novels.The theme of tragedy is what made ,”The Fifth Business” such

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