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THE TRAGEDY OF FIFTH BUSINESS The best novels that are written are usually ones that are tragic with and an unhappy ending or an ending that we can not comprehendThe novelFifth Businesswritten by Robertson Davies is a tragic story about a boys journey to manhood and on the journey we see the downfalls of all the people of Dunstan Ramsays life and what they amount to or how their lives were robbed or shortenedIf a story did not have a tragic ending then it would not touch our heart and make us Throughout the novel a series of negative events occured in a youngsters life and each and everyone changed young Dunstans lifeThe start of the tragedies was the premature birth of Paul Dempster because Dunstans best friend Percy threw a snowball at himwhich Dunstan dodged and it hit the pregnant Mary Dempster causing her to go into labour and to her insanityThis incident made Dunstan forever obligated to Mary and to feel guilty for his entire lifeMary became more crazy and did such things as sleep with a homeless man because he simply wanted to have sex with herthis led to the children constantly teasing Paul that his mother was a whore and Paul running away to join the circusThe entire Dempster situation had a great impact on Dunstanfor he felt responsible for Paul running away and for Mary becoming almost completely insane and this is alot for a young teenager to dealwithMarys husband then died which she became totally insane and incapable of taking care of herselfThe whole Dempster family had a tragic life The entire Ramsay family wasnt much better off because Dunstans older brother got
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