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In Robertson Davies novel Fifth Business the author uses the events that occurred in Deptford as a Canadian Allusion to reveal character identity Three characters in the novel from Deptford Boy Staunton Dunstan Ramsey and Paul Dempster leave Deptford to embark on a new identity to rid of their horrid past The three main characters of the novel all of whom to some extent try to escape their small town background change their identity to become people of consequence All in some way take on a new identity Imbedded in this transformation is the assumption that ones original self especially ones small town origins must be discarded before one can become significant in the world Firstly Paul Dempster grows up as an outcast in Deptford his mothers simpleness leading the tight social world of the town to cast out his whole family and forces Paul to leave the town and create a new image for himself Paul runs away to the circus in his early teens because of the mental abuse he took from the town because of his mothers incident with the tramp Dunstable comments Paul was not a village favorite and the dislike so many people felt for his mother - dislike for the queer and persistently unfortunate - they attached to the unoffending son Davies 40 illustrates how the town treated Paul because of his mothers actions Paul leaves his past because of the actions displaced by his mother and the guilt he feels because his birth was what robbed her of her sanity Davies 260 explains why Paul left Deptford However while Boy merely tries to ignore his Deptford past Paul tries to create a completely new one and Paul asks Dunstan to write an autobiography that in general terms that he was to be a child of the Baltic vastness reared perhaps by gnomelike Lapps after the death of his explorer parents who were probably Russians of
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