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Whats In A Name Whats in a name That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet Romeo and Juliet Act II Scene ii A persons name can shape a large part of who they will be In the novel Fifth Business by Robertson Davies the names of the characters seem to directly reflect some of the characteristics of that individual The new names for those characters that were twice born better reflect who those characters are Other characters such as Mary Dempster and Lisolette Vitzliputzlis names provide some insight into their characters After the war Diana renamed Dunstable His new name Dunstan better reflects who he is because of the many similarities between himself and Saint Dunstan Saint Dunstan was a marvelous personmad about learning terribly stiff and stern and scowly and an absolute wizard at withstanding temptationFifth Business p90 Dunstable Ramsay had always been interested in learning as evident from his childhood job at the local library his education at the University of Toronto as well as his lifelong passion for studying saints As a child Dunstable would read about magicians and had a particular interest in saints Therefore it is entirely appropriate that later in his life he be named after a saint Dunny also had many other similarities between himself and Saint Dunstan many things during Saint Dunstans life can be compared to incidents in Dunnys life When Dunny was young he was ordered by his mother to help Mary Dempster Similarly Saint Dunstan With his parents consent served in the ancient church of St Mary Accordingly the name Dunstan is fitting to the character of Dunstan Ramsay Conversely Percy Boyd Staunton renamed himself during the war His new name Boy Staunton is entirely appropriate and suggests Boys need to stay young As a child Percys actions as expected were infantile as he grew however his person did not mature When he was
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