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Contrasting Ideas in Fifth Business
Transcript of Contrasting Ideas in Fifth Business
by: Neil, Ethan, Patrick & Delin
Beauty VS Monstrosity
- Beauty can mean physically beautiful, e.g. Faustina.
- Beauty can also mean contextually beautiful, or beautiful on the inside e.g. Liesl.
- Monstrosity is the same way, ugly on the outside like: Joel Surgeoner or a monster on the inside like: Boy Staunton.
Appearance VS Reality
Appearance: "the way that someone or something looks."
Reality: "the world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them."
Sanctity VS Sinfulness
Sanctity: "Holiness of life or disposition; saintliness, the quality or condition of being considered sacred; inviolability."
Sinfulness: "Marked by or full of sin or wicked."
• Outer beauty -> Boy Staunton
• Inner beauty-> Dunny
• Mrs. Dempster
• Outer monstrosity -> Liesle
• Joel Surgeoner
• Inner monstrosity -> Boy Staunton
"when the King and I were looking directly into each other's eyes... Here I am.. being decorated as a hero... ;but I know my heroic act was rather a dirty job... people seem to need heroes; so long as I don't lose sight of the truth.... I an icon of heroism, unreal yet very necessary" (Davies, 79)
• Saint Dunstan triumphs over the Devil in the form of a woman
• St. Dunstan took his blacksmith tongs, twisted the nose of the Devil who then cooled his nose in a spring which ever after had a sulphurous taste and reddish tinge.
• An example of sinfulness is is the guilt Dunstan feels for the rock inside the snowball that is thrown at Mrs.Dempster.
• the innocent idea of considering Mrs. Dempster as a saint
Mrs. Dempster's sinful/crazy actions
Father Regan warns Dunny about making Mrs. D into a saint and mentions the idea of a "fool-saint"
the ULTIMATE question...
for a prize!
In this case, we can look at the idea of hero versus villain
What is a hero?
• Characters who: in the face of danger & adversity, or from a position of weakness display courage display will for self sacrifice greater good of all humanity
A villain is:
• Not born evil, but made evil
Often selfish, where the hero is unselfish
Fifth Business has an ability to notify the reader of the necessity of accepting evil in ones self.
Dunstun visits Mary and Paul Dempster regularly in order to ease his profound sense of guilt about the snowball incident.
Percy Boyd simply denies the sin that he is responsible for. He simply acts as though nothing happened.
Although he committed the crime, Dunstan is the one feeling guilty. On the other hand, Boy denies his guilt.
Very similar to illusion, this idea is about seeing something that appears opposite to reality
eg: Dunny finding Mrs. Dempster as a saint but Father Regan suggests otherwise (a fool-saint)
Beauty vs. Monstrosity
Appearance vs. Reality
Good vs. Evil
Sanctity vs. Sinfulness
we'll talk of 4 themes present throughout the novel and their similarities: