To believe or not to believe that is the question. Robertson Davies’ depicts a novel in which two

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To believe or not to believe that is the question. Robertson Davies’ depicts a novel in which two opposing characters strive for self-completion. The journey of completing one’s self is one of Jung’s archetypes. According to Jung, completing both the body and soul lies within the characteristics of the psyche. The psyche is composed of three parts: the collective unconscious, ego and the personal unconscious. The collective unconscious is what people come into this world knowing, how children are shaped as adults through their childhood experiences and parental influences. The ego is the image people believe they are. It is this image which people pursue through the rest of their lives until they achieve self-completion. Lastly, the…show more content…
Dempster’s face” (Davies 70). Dunstan is having an illusion of Mrs. Dempster as a Madonna after experiencing a blow of shrapnel. Seeing Mrs. Dempster as a Madonna shows how much respect Ramsay has for women. Staunton on the other hand sees women just as physical objects as he sees many of the other things in his life. “A man with my physical needs can’t be tied down to one woman-especially not a woman who doesn’t see sex as a partnership-who doesn’t give anything, who just lies there like a damned sandbag” (Davies 175). Staunton throughout the novel has cheated on his girlfriends or wives. He does not respect women at all compared to Ramsay who sees Mrs. Dempster as a saint. Staunton’s capitalist and materialistic ideas are never made clearer than at the point where he decides to leave his father. “He was going to be a very rich man-richer than his father by far-and he was getting ready” (Davies 105). Having grown up in a rich family, Staunton developed a greed for money and a materialistic attitude. He is following in his father’s identity rather than searching for who he truly is, as Ramsay does when he is a child. Ramsay is very curious about the world and wants to learn more. He is very interested in many different fields such as magic and saints. He is continuously trying to expand his knowledge to hopefully be able to better interpret who he is. “...I wanted to argue about everything, expand

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