development of good and evil in "The Fifth Business"

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The association of good and evil seems unclear as Davies brightens out his ideas and arguments as of the Fifth Business, Dunstable Ramsay, who is ironically the main character of the drama. This novel is not concerned with any particular issue of seeking independence from the moral authorities rather with an individual’s understanding of himself and his place in the society. Surely, Fifth Business has an ability to notify the reader of the necessity of accepting evil in ones self. There are plenty of examples that refer to Dunstan’s unsophisticated nature and simple mentality. Ramsay is a gentle and thoughtful man who believes in both fate and free will. At the beginning of the novel, Ramsay experiences an emotional crisis, being unfamiliar with every single side of his own character. However, considering that Ramsay does believe into living by his own rules, he is not afraid to review and expand his beliefs. He stands up for Mary Dempster against the villagers in Deptford, and, apparently, does not accept his mother’s view of Mrs. Dempster even at the price of losing his mother forever. This event proves that Dunstan is the type of a person who would rather follow his own mind and heart then go along with the mob mentality. Ramsay sees Mrs. Dempster as his accidental creation, and he must “hate her or love her” (pg 167). This sense of possession shows up when Mrs. Dempster becomes his charge, and he pays for her care and visits her on a weekly basis. At this point Dunstan thinks of her as a part of himself: “a part of my own soul that was condemned to live in hell” (pg 176). He blames himself for having broken her spirits and is assured that he is the cause of her “saintful” suffering. For many years Ramsay believes that keeping Boy Staunton’s dirty secrets is a duty of honor. However, when he meets Liesl, he is shown an alternate path and befriends
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