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FIFTH BUSINESS BY ROBERTSON DAVIES The first important symbol I found was the snowball because it set the novel for upcoming events The snowball is symbolic of Boys character Boy threw a snowball at Dunny but missed and hit Mrs Dempster because he was fighting over a toboggan Boy throughout the novel has no interest in casualties that he causes This snowball represented the forcefulness of Boy because he always treats people how he feels is right Like the snowball that hit Mrs Dempster that Boy took no responsibility for Boy didnt care that he had caused Mrs Dempster so much pain because she was in the way of him when he was trying to make a point This can also be seen through Boys interaction with other characters in the novel Dunny the main character in the novel kills three nazis in a machine gun nest On his way back he was wounded by a piece of shrapnel that hit him in the leg He crawled to find shelter but ended up at a statue of the Little Madonna Just before he passed out he pictured Mary Dempsters face on the statue Dunny later went on to believe that Mary was watching over him and that is why he was living Davies portrays symbolism by showing Marys face on the statue This symbolizes Dunnys belief that Mary is saint Myth is another important symbol in Davies novel Boy tells Dunny the myth of Gyges and King Canduales The myth is that this king was so proud of his wifes beauty that he insisted that his friend Gyges should see her naked There are two versions of this story one is that is that the Queen and Gyges fall in love and force the King off his throne And in the other Gyges kills the King This is just one example of myths being used as a symbol I believe that Davies uses
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