Fifth Business Relationship Between Paul, Dunstan, And Boy (Seminar)

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Fifth Business Seminar: Relationship between Dunstan Ramsay, Paul Dempster, and Boy Staunton In the novel "Fifth Business" by Robertson Davies, the three characters Dunstan Ramsay, Paul Dempster, and Boy Staunton all have a very complex relationship with one another. We can easily recognize Dustan's role as fifth business, in which he affects many other character's lives, but his role within the relationship between Paul and Boy is more important; Just as Boy and Paul are equally important in this relationship among the three of them. We can analyse the relationship, and each individual character, and a cause and effect scenario is often found. This proves that their relationship changes or at least alters each other's lives. For instance, Dunstan Ramsay's relationship with Boy Staunton has been an interesting one. They always come off as friend and enemy to one another, yet the relationship lasts all of their lives. From the beginning, Boy tried to make Dunstan feel lesser than him. If it wasn't his expensive mittens bought from the city, it was the women Boy was "˜conquering'. Dunstan is relatively unaffected by Boy's attempts to make him jealous, and even learns to profit from Boy's success. Boy helps Dustan with his financial investments that pay off very well for Dunstan. If Dunstan did not have the extra money, it would have restricted him from doing some of the things he does in the novel. Like take care of Mrs. Dempster, or travel to far off places, where he runs into Paul Dempster on two occasions. Boy also confides in Dunstan on several occasions, when his knowledge of business, and financial areas are useless. He needs help with Leola on occasion, and Dunstan helps even though he has reason to take offence to Boy for "˜rubbing it in his face'. Leola is an example of Boy's conquest over Dunstan; he steals away Dunstan's love, and marries her. Paul Dempster is also woven into the relationship between Boy and Dunstan. Paul is the result of Boy's snowball, meant for Dunstan. When they were around ten years old, an argument between Boy and Dunstan leads to Boy following Dunstan home, throwing snowballs at him the whole way. When Dustan avoids one of his snowballs, it finds its way to hit Mary Dempster. Mary falls to the ground, and Dustan witnesses a "˜scene' between the Dempsters. The snowball incident sparks the early birth of Paul Dempster, so early in fact that it almost kills him. He does however survive, but his life is miserable. When Mrs. Dempster, in her "˜simple' state, commits adultery with a tramp, Paul's life is made even more miserable. Kids at school tease him for this, and he begins to hate his life, and resent his birth, and even his mother. We know that Paul's premature birth, and his mother's simple state is all a result of the snowball thrown carelessly at Dustan, by Boy Staunton. Dustan also knows, which strengthens his role as fifth business. Dunstan's...

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