“Fifth Paul, Dunstan feels guilty because of his association

                       “Fifth Business” a novel written by
the Canadian autor Robertson Davies. Published in 1970,  the novel explores the life of the narrator  who is Dunstan Ramsey who spends all his life
in a world of isolation in a way that secludes him from the rest of the
society. As Dunny get’s older he realize that his decisions, actions interets
and experiences during his life are keeping him in a life of isolation . The guilty
of  Dunstan’s conscience and the
irregular interaction with woman leave him in a world of isolation. Many
characters in “Fifth Business” live lifes of isolation not just Dunstan Ramsey.
In the novel “Fifth Business” isolation exist also it has an enormous role
during the novel and take place in three aspects, physical, emotional and social.

                 One might interpret that
isolation does not exist in “Fifth Business” and guilt exist and plays the
principal role during the novel “Fifth Business”. Dunstan feels a lot of guilt during  his life. He feels guilty for the premature
birth of Paul Dempster throught his life but he most of all feels a lot of
guilty about his responsibility for Mary Dempster’s condition. Dunstan’s
experience with Mary Dempster leaves him with a feeling of guilt because he
feels responsible for her accident with the snowball and her “simplicity”. “As
a child I had felt oppressively responsible for her, but I had thought all that
was dissipated in the war.  But the guilt
had only been thrust away, or thrust down out of sight, for here it was again,
in full strength, clamouring to be atoned, now that the opportunity offered
itself” (p152) this quotation  was say by
dunstan in the novel “Fifth Business” by Robertson Davies, in this quotation Dunstan
feels guilty for the “simplicity” of Mary Dempster. After Mary Dempster
prematurely gives birth to Paul, Dunstan feels guilty because of his association
with her accident. “I learned all the gynaecological and obstetrical details as
they were imparted piecemeal to my father; the difference was that he sat
comfortably beside the living-room stove, opposite my mother, while I stood
barefoot and in my nightshirt beside the stovepipe upstairs, guilt-ridden and
sometimes nauseated as I heard things that were new and terrible to my ears” (p13)
this quotation is say by Dunstan Ramsay in the novel. Dunstan feel guilty because
he is related with Mary Dempster accident. However Dunstan’s infancy causes him
to have constant feelings of isolation wich causes him to live a life of isolation
in wich he tries to make amends with his past mistakes.

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Physical Isolation  is the first aspect  in “Fifth Business” it is show in many characters
during the novel .Mrs.Dempsters husband locks her up in the house away from the
outside world.”Began to think that he was as simple as she like many ostracized
people they became more marked in their adority”(p30)is say by Dunstan ramsay and
it ilustrates how  Mrs Dempsters was
rejected by those in Deptford for the morality system. As a child Dunstan was greatly
influenced by his mother who created a specific view of life for him.”How could
I reconcile this motherliness with the screeching fury who had pursued me
around the kitchen with a whip, flogging me until she was gorged with – what?
Vengeance? What was it?  Once, when I was
in my thirties and Reading  Freud for the
first time, I thought I knew.  I am not
so sure I know now. But what I knew then was that nobody – not even my mother –
was to be trusted in a strange world that showed very little of itself on the
surface” (p30)