Fifth Business Essay

611 WordsOct 15, 19993 Pages
Fifth Business In the novel "Fifth Business", the author Robertson Davies is successfully able to relate both the themes of magic and religion throughout. He achieves this relationship between the themes primarily through the characters and their actions. Dunstan Ramsay, Paul Dempster, Mary Dempster and Liselotte Vitzliputzli all help to illustrate the close relationship between magic and religion. One of the characters that Davies uses to relate the theme of magic and religion is Dunstable Ramsay. Dunny was brought up in a Scottish Presbyterian family in Deptford, Ontario. While in the war, he kept himself busy by reading the New Testament and states "Arabian Nights and the Bible were getting pretty close", referring to both…show more content…
She is the mother of a famous magician and the wife of a priest. This freely displays the relationship between magic and religion. According to Dunstan, she is considered a fool-saint because she performed three miracles, but without being aware of it. The first involved the rebirth of Surgeoner by an act of charity. The second was the revival of Willie from the dead and the third was her miraculous appearance to Dunstan during the war at Passchendaele. Liselotte Vitzliputzli otherwise known as Lisel is introduced midway through the novel, but still plays an important element in the theme of magic and religion. The theme of religion is demonstrated when she asks Dunstan "…do you know what my name really means?" Lisel's last name is the demons name in the play The Vision of Dr. Fautus where Faust was a magician who sold his soul to the devil. During a fight between Lisel and Dunstan, Dustan twists her nose, reliving the story of Saint Dunstan where he twisted the devil's nose when he came to tempt him in the form of a beautiful woman. Lisel is Dunstan's devil and companion who adds to the relationship of magic and religion. Throughout the novel "Fifth Business", author Robertson Davies relates the themes of magic and religion. He completes this by cleverly using the characters and their actions to reflect the ideas of magic and religion. By doing this, he is able to relate both themes
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