Guilt can take on many forms. It is a powerful force to overcome, and a majority of people collapse because of it. In “Fifth Business”, by Robertson Davies, guilt is the intended study that is portrayed throughout the novel and impacts a number of lives. Davies demonstrates this by having one character feeling guilt and tries to confront it, a second character ignoring it and a third who tries to run away from it. Davies introduces the reader with Dunstan Ramsay and Percy Boyd Staunton who are parallels in competition with each other. Percy throws a snowball containing a small rock at Ramsay. Who jumps aside, causing it to miss him and strike Mary Dempster, which then we are met with the ...view middle of the document...
Dunstan handles the Dempster's errands and looks after Mary and her child, Paul. By understanding Mrs. Dempster, it is not turned into an ethical commitment to watch over her yet a profound feeling of responsibility that he set on himself through his gatherings with Mrs. Dempster. Dunstan's departure out of Deptford through the armed force may have permitted him to incidentally desert his guilt, yet Dunstan's guilt still remains. He sees the substance of Mary Dempster throughout his time of torment in war, through the statue of the Immaculate Conception, indicating the guilt that regardless he clutches sincerely. In the wake of coming back to Deptford, Dunstan submits himself to the forethought of Mrs. Dempster once more,
“I visited Mrs. Dempster forty Saturdays every year and at Easter, Christmas and on her birthday in addition,” (182)
This clearly shows his guilt is still lasting. Therefore, Dunstan would be the character Davies portrays as the one who commits to facing his guilt.
Though Percy did not feel or appeared to be affected by the incident of the stone with the snowball, it does not mean he is not struck with guilt within novel. One can prove that guilt affects boy through Leola. They were both born in Deptford, went to the same school and liked each other throughout. After Boy went to war, they fell in love and got married until Leola committed suicide. Boy wanted Leola to be something she could not. She tried to suit herself for Boy but he realized that she was not what he wanted;
"She was trying hard, but she could not keep pace with Boy's social advancement" (151)
Due to this, Boy began to not pay attention to her nor their children. This resulted in Boy cheating on Leola. As their relationship progressed, so did his guilt. At the point when Leola committed suicide,...