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"Fith Business" By Robertson Davies. Essay

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FIFTH BUSINESSBY: ROBERTSON DAVIESThe first important symbol I found was the snowball because it set the novel for upcoming events. The snowball is symbolic of Boy?s character. Boy threw a snowball at Dunny but missed and hit Mrs. Dempster because he was fighting over a toboggan. Boy throughout the novel has no interest in casualties that he causes. This snowball represented the forcefulness of Boy because he always treats people how he feels is right. Like the snowball that hit Mrs. Dempster that Boy took no responsibility for; Boy didn?t care that he had caused Mrs. Dempster so much pain because she was in the way of him when he was trying to make a point. This can also be seen through Boy?s interaction with other characters in the novel.Dunny the main character in the novel kills three nazi?s in a machine gun nest. On his way back he was wounded by a piece of shrapnel that hit him in the leg. He crawled to find shelter but ended up at a statue of the ?Little Madonna?. Just before he passed out he pictured Mary Dempster?s face on the statue. Dunny later went on to believe that Mary was watching over him and that is why he was living. Davies portrays symbolism by showing Mary?s face on the statue. This symbolizes Dunny?s belief that Mary is saint.Myth is another important symbol in Davies novel. Boy tells Dunny the myth of Gyges and King Canduales. The myth is that this king was so proud of his wife?s beauty that he insisted that his friend Gyges should see her naked. There are two versions of this story, one is that is that the Queen and Gyges fall in love and force the King off his throne. And in the other Gyges kills the King. This is just one example of myths being used as a symbol. I believe that Davies uses this example to symbolize what is becoming of Boys relationship with Leola. As a reader I viewed this as a hint towards Leola falling for Dunny.Another symbol that I found to be important was the egg size pink granite stone that was mentioned in the last part of the novel. This symbol represented the tie for the novel. In the end we find out that this stone was inside the snowball that struck Mrs. Dempster, which lead to the guilt felt by Dunny. Boy who had totally forgotten about his past in Dempford shared this guilt in the end. After Dunny told him that the stone was inside the snowball that he threw at Mary and caused her son Paul to be pre-maturely born, he was in such guilt that he committed suicide. Boy was a strong character throughout the novel; this rock symbolized the weakness of Boy because he killed himself.The egg, which Dunny tries to steal from his house, is symbolic of Paul. Like Paul, the egg is fragile and the bird was not born. Paul was born premature and because of that he struggled to stay alive. Dunny and his mother helped Mary in keeping Paul alive just like a chicken would be there to sit on the egg to keep it living. In this sense Paul was fragile because he was a struggle to keep alive. Like the fragile egg...

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