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Guilt can only be suppressed for a limited time before it comes out in unwanted ways In the novel Fifth Business by Robertson Davies Boy Staunton -a successful business man with a polished appearance but a tortured soul- took the ultimate plunge into his death His decision was not merely his own but was influenced by a team of hands that helped push him to his destiny First Leola who was his first love and his wife Then Mary Dempster a neighbor from his old town Deptford whom he mistakenly made into a simple woman Next his life long-friend and enemy Dunstan Ramsey who was a constant reminder of the virtuous life boy longed to live Then Paul Dempster the product of Boys immature childhood behavior Finally himself because he suppressed his guilt and refused to accept the shadow that lurked within him The five people that killed Boy Staunton as stated were Mary- the woman he did not know Leola- the woman he knew Dunstan- the keeper of his conscience and the stone Paul- whom granted his inner most wish and lastly Boy Staunton himself It can be observed that childhood experiences play a very important role in the stableness of ones soul One mishap in childhood can create a devastating blow to ones true happiness in later life This was exactly the case in Boy Stauntons life Once when he was little he got in an argument with Dunny which led to snowballs being launched at Dunny from an aggravated Boy Staunton The last snowball concealed a rock and hit Dunnys neighbor Mary Dempster in the head As a result she gave birth prematurely to Paul Dempster and then afterwards became simple minded This particular incident acted as a foundation for Boys growing shadow and contributed to the demise of his soul It is ironic that the person who had such a significant influence on Boy Stauntons shadow was a
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