had been arguing, would throw one final snowball at him before he eats dinner. He felt Mrs.
was terrible for me.”(Page 3) Dunny is still very young, and most likely, he has the perception
that the adults should be the strong ones. To hear Mrs. Dempster cry must have been very
emotionally difficult for him. The guilt Dunny experienced, will forever remain with him and his
friend Paul Dempster for the rest of the novel.
When Paul Dempster is old enough to understand, he blames himself for causing his
mother simple mindedness because it was his birth that caused it. The townspeople worsened his
the queer and persistently unfortunate they attached to the unoffending son.”(Page 34) Paul
understands his situation, his guilt then lives with him forever, unlike Percy whose guilt is
Percy Boyd Stauton apparently feels no guilt at all throughout the novel. When Ramsay
tries to confront him with the responsibility, Percy takes no responsibility when he states, “I threw
did not hit Mrs. Dempster which resulted in no guilt until another part of the novel. When
Ramsay encounters Stauton when he is sixty years of age, Percy then for the first time remembers
Ramsay reminded Percy about the incident many years later, he becomes a bully through his guilt.
In Fifth Business, Davies uses guilt to affect the lives of Dunny Ramsay, Paul Dempster
and Percy Boyd Stauton, through the snowball incident. Percy Boyd Stauton keeps his guilt
understand, and blames all of his mother’s problems on himself. Dunny has strong morals due to
his practice in religion which causes him to feel guilt towards many minor things. In conclusion,
Davies, Roberston. Fifth Business. Penguin Books 1996.