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The most important theme in Fifth Business by Robertson Davies is guilt The definition of guilt is a feeling of worry or unhappiness that you have because you have done something wrong such as causing harm to another person Cambridge Dictionaries Online Everyone feels guilty for something and in this novel the story is developed based on Dunstans sense of guilt In the story there are three big turning points in his sense of guilt One is when he is a child and the others are when he is oldSo I was alone with my guilt and it tortured me Davies 17 Furthermore I felt myself tied to her by the certainty that I was responsible for her staying wits the disorder of her marriage and the frail body of the child who was the greatest delight in life Davies 24 Dunstan feels that since the snowball which Boy throws hit Mary Dempster and makes her madness After the incident she soon bears a frail baby Paul Dunstan thinks that if he does not avoid the snowball she will not be a deranged woman He really feels sorry about it and does whatever for her in atonement for it For example taking care of Paul or incidental tasks But as time passes Marys madness becomes serious One day she has sex with a beggar Dunstan witnesses the terrible incident in front of him and it makes him guilty and guilty Although Dunstan feels guilty for it Boy even does not care of it On the contrary he abuses the Dempsters Since this incident Dunstan lives with guilt for her throughout his life however Boy forgets about it soonAfter Amasa Dempsters death Paul runs away from home and disappears with a circus troupe Mary is always concerned about him Her aunt comes to takes charge of her because she is considered that she can live by herself Her uncle takes care of Mary well but unfortunately
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