Death of Boy Staunton Submitted by: Johnny Jimenez Guilt can only be suppressed for a limited time before it comes out in unwanted ways. In the novel Fifth Business by Robertson Davies, Boy Staunton -a successful business man with a polished appearance but a tortured soul- took the ultimate plunge into his death. His decision was not merely his own, but was influenced by a team of hands that helped push him to his destiny.
Plot[ edit ] The protagonist Dunstan Ramsay has a passion for hagiology. In addition, he has a guilty connection to Mary Dempster, resulting from a childhood accident for which he feels responsible.
These two elements provide most of the impetus and background for this novel.
Ramsay struggles with his belief that Mary may be a fool-saint she is held for years in an insane asylum and with guilt from childhood. The epistolary novel is conveyed in Ramsay's post-retirement letter to the headmaster of Colborne College.
Chapter summaries[ edit ] Part One — Mrs Dempster[ edit ] 1. The story of Dunstan then called Dunstable Ramsay begins in when the boy is ten years old and living in Deptford. He and his best friend and worst enemy Percy Boyd Staunton have been sledding and have quarreled.
On the way back to town Percy throws a snowball at Dunstan, who jumps aside. The snowball strikes passerby Mary Dempster, the pregnant wife of the town's Baptist minister.
The shock of the snowball hitting her head causes her to go into labour and deliver prematurely: Ramsay steps back from his narrative to explain why he is telling his life story. He says the year isand he is writing to the headmaster of the boys' school where he had taught for decades.
He is protesting the desultory send-off he was given upon his retirement. Ramsay is offended by his portrayal in an article in the College Chronicle and the dismissal of his subject of 'mythic history,' as well as the disregard of the ten books he has published.
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He writes to prove to the headmaster that he has led a rich and full life, in his own way. He describes being 'cast by Fate and my own character for the vital though never glorious role of Fifth Business!
Ramsay returns to his description of his childhood and hometown, Deptford, located on the Thames River in southern Ontario, Canada.
The infant Paul Dempster survives his premature birth, but is weak for some time. Ramsay suffers guilt and horror over his part in the accident.
He is affected by this guilt for the rest of his life. Deptford social culture, particularly Mary Dempster's interactions with townspeople, is explored.
Most residents do not think she is fit to be a minister's wife. Ramsay eventually becomes close friends with Mrs. Dempster, whose mind appears to have been affected by having been hit in the head.
As he grows older, Ramsay finds that his association with Mary Dempster, who is ostracized socially, hurts his popularity at school.
But he enjoys her company, and later realizes that he is in love with her. Ramsay gets a job at the local library, where he reads the encyclopaedia and also explores the world of stage magic and conjuring.
These interests eventually lead to a quarrel with his mother. He also begins to be interested in stories of Christian saints. Ramsay shares his interests with the now four-year-old boy Paul Dempster, who responds to the attention and is quick to learn conjuring tricks.
Ramsay develops a feud with the minister Amasa Dempster, who believes that his wife, in her reduced condition, is a cross that he must bear. Amasa accuses Ramsay of corrupting his son, and forbids him to see Mary and Paul any longer. Mary Dempster goes missing.
Joining the town effort to find her, Ramsay finds her having sex with a tramp later named as Joel Surgeoner. Dempster explains that she consented as "he was so civil Amasa Dempster does not press charges against the tramp, who is released and warned never to return to the village.
Anticipating the Reverend's sermon the next Sunday, the congregation fills the pews. He announces his resignation as minister and decision to live in poverty. The wives of the community privately prohibit their husbands from offering any public help to the disgraced Mary Dempster, who 'had not been raped, as a decent woman would have been' One night the townspeople paint their faces black and riot outside of the Dempster home.Dunstan Ramsay, the novel's narrator and protagonist, is an intellectual man looking for meaning in his life, forever haunted by the effects of a wayward snowball that struck Mrs.
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His decision was not merely his own, but was influenced by a team of hands that helped push him to his destiny. "Fifth Business,” the first book in The Deptford Trilogy by Canadian writer Robertson Davies, is Dunstan Ramsay’s memoir written as a letter to a Headmaster of Colborne College, where 4/5.
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Psychology is one of the novel's main themes, especially in terms of its mystical component. Robertson Davies had a keen interest in psychology, and was an avid student of Carl Jung. As a result, Davies weaves many Jungian concepts and archetypes into Fifth Business, all of which help to understand.