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Obsession with the Persona The persona is ones character that is perceived by others In the novel Fifth Business by Robertson Davies between the marriages of the Dempsters and the Stauntons Amasa and Boy both desire acceptance from society Continuing to achieve acceptance Amasa and Boy not only create an image for themselves but for their wives who need to live up to the societies and their husbands beliefs of the perfect wife and for their children who must follow in their fathers footsteps to become just like them In order to be accepted by society Amasa and Boy build their own persona and attempt to do the same for their wives and children Firstly due to Amasas obsession with having a wife who conveys religious graceful and housewife characteristics Mary Dempster is expected to play that role once she is married to him MrsDempster is a young free spirited woman who is now part of the community of Deptford She is different when compared to the rest of the towns people and this causes the society and Amasa to question if she truly is fit to be his wife For example She had a tenderness never obviously displayed for poor silly MrsDempster who was not twenty-one yet and utterly unfit to be a preachers wife Davies 4 After being with Mary for a period of time Amasa realizes that allowing her to be her true self is not enough for him She is not rising up to the standards of the community and so Amasa enforces a persona upon her as his wife As a result the consequence of being so persistent for Mary to change her persona causes Amasa to become the biggest disgrace Deptford has ever seen He and his family are shunned from the community and are never spoken ofagain Furthermore he is known as the man who married a woman with such poor qualities and values losing his place as
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