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    Above and Below the Law The Tyrannicide Brief, by Geoffrey Robertson is nothing short of compelling. The audience is guided through the legal process, which lead to Charles I’s execution. Robertson’s assiduity in research is highly visible in The Tyrannicide Brief. Readers are not only presented with facts, but taken on a journey that is more than exceptional. Robertson manages to combine law, politics, and social history in one story. Robertson thoroughly brings to life the story of John Cooke. John Cooke, a man who dared to embrace the prosecution of Charles I. Ironically John Cooke himself would be tried for treason when Charles II rises to power. Robertson paints a very vivid mural of facts that implicitly reveals the extent of research that was dedicated into The Tyrannicide Brief. Despite the phenomenal storytelling by Robertson, it is worth questioning whether Robertson wrote The Tyrannicide Brief with bias. Gruesome details are brought to surface in the book. These gruesome details assist with…

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    Religion In Fifth Business

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    Religion is a controversial issue that dictates and defines the society as well as the societal norms of which it consists. The OED defines social norms as the common standards within a social group regarding socially acceptable or appropriate behaviour in particular social situations, the breach of which has social consequences. Robertson Davies explores the idea of religion and its effects on personality within the novel Fifth Business. He depicts the changes caused by religion within the…

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    Essay On Haiti Tragedy

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    The Rev. Pat Robertson made a very unfortunate pronouncement about the Haiti tragedy on this last Tuesday night. Here is what I think about: I am thankful God does not:1- Judge us as a human would do.2- Save us as a bulk processing3- Change his love towards us4- Delay His promise Despite what “Times magazine” web page says about his self-promotion on the prediction of events, I would like to say that many people, including himself, forgets about the moment we live in history. The measure of…

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    "Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do” (Voltaire). Dunstan Ramsay from Robertson Davies’s Fifth Business life revolves around his inner guilt by impacting his decisions, actions and his relations to others. Dunstan lives his whole with the guilt of the destruction of an innocent family. Ever since he decided to be smart and dodge the snowball that was meant for the back of his head but instead hitting an innocent pregnant lady Mrs.Dempster, he was linked to that family for life…

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    Natural selection is the favouring of specific traits in an environment. Organisms able to adapt, or who are born with favoured traits, have a better chance of survival over others. In Robertson Davies’ Fifth Business, the main characters model the process of natural selection. When Dunstan Ramsay is reborn after the war, he is better suited to the environment of Deptford. Paul Dempster faces many challenges in Deptford. The reason he survives is because he moves into an environment that better…

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    Mary Dempster was the wife of Amasa Dempster, the Baptist priest of Deptford, Ontario, Canada. She was a kind lady and very introverted. While her husband was very religious and constantly felt as if God was testing him, Mary was not so involved in religion. However, she did not let her husband’s strong belief in God influence her life. She was calm, even-tempered, and believed that things would all eventually be resolved. Mary’s life changed when an incident occurred on December 27, 1908, which…

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    Margaret Atwood Canada

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    The Canadian nation has been shaped in myriad ways and has been documented as well as interpreted by countless individuals. Canadian Studies 4611: Reading in Canada has highlighted pivotal works the have influenced the critical conversation within the country: how Canada is – or was – and why it is that way. This essay will explore the work of Margaret Atwood, Northrup Frye and Charles Taylor in order to illustrate the status of Canada within their work and highlight if and how their writing…

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    The different type of Religion in Fifth Business Expressed in many ways, religion is a substantial motif in Robertson Davies Fifth Business. Even when hidden in deep meaning, It is represented through many distinct characters, events and themes. It is a crucial part all through out Dunny 's life and every thing he experiences circulates back to his spirituality. However, Dunny is not the only character intrigued by the divine. Amasa and Boy Staunton are characters used to signify two other…

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    Dunny And Boy Analysis

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    Examine the relationship of Dunny and Boy. What roles do they serve for each other? Dunstan Ramsay is the main protagonist of the novel, The Fifth Business. Previously being known with the names Dunstable and Dunny, he is a spiritual man, who is very much controlled by his superego. This means that he makes decisions primarily using his conscious. He constantly chooses the ideal method to accomplish tasks. Dunstan is a religious man, in a manner that he is drawn to the metaphorical view of…

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    A Little History of Canada by H.V. Nelles gives a concise and relatively basic view on Canadian History that would be an excellent starting point for anyone looking to learn about Canadian History. At 268 pages A Little History is short and engaging enough to keep the attention of readers who may want to gain more knowledge about the history of Canada without having to read more dry scholarly articles or long drawn out history books. This is especially important as the tone of the book suggests…

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