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Guilt in Fifth Business One feeling that may cause mixed emotions such as anger hate or fear a feeling that can also cripple ones mind is guilt Robertson Davies Fifth Business demonstrates how guilt is able to corrupt the young minds of children through the characters of Paul and Dunstan On the other hand he also shows how a child will suppress an incident into their unconscious mind if it makes him feel uncomfortable or guilty through the character of Boy Staunton The outcome of each case is unpredictable and could possibly result in lives being corrupted or constantly having feelings of guilt on ones conscience Dunstan Ramsay has lived his life full of guilt feeling guilty for things he should not During an incident involving Boy Boy throws a snowball at Dunstan however Dunstan dodges the snowball and it ends up hitting the pregnant Mrs Dempster As a result Mrs Dempster gives birth prematurely to Paul shortly after Dunstan feels that since the snowball was directed towards him it is his fault for Pauls premature birth I was contrite and guilty for I knew the snowball had been meant for me but the Dempsters did not seem to think that Davies 3 Dunstan tries confronting Boy about the incident in hopes of passing the guilt on to him however Boy denies it leaving Dunstan no one to blame but himself So I was alone with my guilt and it tortured me Davies 16 Dunstans childhood is mostly spent at the Dempsters place doing chores which could possibly be his way of making it up to them During his daily visits to the Dempsters Dunstan gets to know Paul and introduces him to magic Paul eventually abandons his mother to pursue a career as a magician leaving his mother heartbroken which also contributes to Dunstans feeling of guilt Mrs Dempster believes that Dunstan is keeping her from seeing her son in the hospital Dunstan Ramsay
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