Fifth Business Essay

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Fifth Business There are many different paths people can take throughout their lives. In the novel, Fifth Business by Robertson Davies, the main character, Dunstan Ramsey, takes the path of the Canadian hero. There are many different steps to be taken by the hero and Dunstan Ramsey follows his path by completing each step.

Dunstan’s journey begins when he gets his call for adventure. The call for adventure lets the hero know that his or her life is about to change. Dunstan’s call for adventure comes when he leaves for Europe for the second time to search for the little Madonna. The little Madonna was what called him to come back to Europe. The little Madonna was a bee in my bonnet; I wanted to see her again, and quite
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Liesl invites Dunstan to come have lunch with her and Paul. It is because of her insistence that Paul and Dunstan become friends that Paul is compelled to repay Dunstan the money he stole.

That night when I was making my usual prudent Canadian Scots count, I found that several bills had found their way into my wallet, slightly but not embarrassingly exceeding the sum that had disappeared from it when last I met with Paul. I began to think better of Eisengrim.

When Paul repays Dunstan, Dunstan realizes he can now trust Paul. With the help of Liesl, Dunstan has made a friend with a member of the underworld. These two people will help Dunstan to continue on with his journey.

The next step of Dunstan’s journey is to completely leave his life behind and begin a brand new one. He enters into a new world. This occurs when Dunstan “became a member of Magnus Eisengrim’s entourage.” He begins to travel with Magnus because he still wants adventure and he knows that it does not occur often. He says: “This looked liked an adventure, and, at fifty, adventures do not come every day.” Dunstan’s journey is based on adventure. He does not know what he is getting into by joining Magnus Eisengrim’s entourage. There will be something different each day; something new and surprising. By entering a new world, Dunstan is completing one more step of his journey.

Dunstan has now reached the point in his journey where he realizes he is completely
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