1 Nat MackayMr. ChalmersENG4U0July 21, 2016Thesis: It is impossible to move forwards in maturity towards self actualization if one does not see affection in a more intimate and spiritual form Progression and Regression Robertson Davies’ novel Fifth Business, shows the theme rebirth as the book progresses through Dunny and Percy’s lives. Both characters change throughout the novel, which is to be expected as the story begins when they are kids and ends when they are much older. It is human nature to change. WhileDunny evolves and moved closer towards maturity and self actualization, Percy regressed back into boyhood moving himself further away from the possibility of maturity. Their rebirth throughout the novel affects their choices and actions, especially when shown in comparison to each other. This progression and regression can be shown through the character’s relationships and love lives. It is impossible to move forwards in maturity towards self actualization if one does not see love in a more intimate and spiritual form as opposed to a mere physicality. Dunny’s extreme maturity in comparison to Percy’s is made obvious through their vastly different actions. While Dunny progresses into maturity, changing his name to Dunstan, Percy devolves
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