In the short story, A Cap for Steve, Callaghan uses the story to show the power of money and pride, which opens our eyes to the disillusionment of a young boy. Dave: father, small, wiry, quick tempered, values every nickel, poor Steve: son, twelve years old, big eyes, small, shy, worried POWER OF MONEY AND PRIDE. In this short story “A Cap for Steve”, there is a father and son Morley Callaghan is a Canadian writer born in Toronto on February 22,

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People all face some time of disenchantment with their parents, and can relate. In the short story A Cap for Stevethere is a father and son relationship that most people are familiar with. Events, though at the time seemed terrible, brought them closer together.

Dave saw how much he hurt his son, and so he changed his approach. His pride is first hurt during his encounter with Mr. The atmosphere went from dark to light, and there was finally some happiness in the story. In reading short stories this summer, I must admit I have almost become numb to the level of pretense in much of the writing.

September 29, April 4, by bcw56 Categories: What did you do, Steve? Sometimes children open the eyes of adults, and in A Cap for Stevethis is the exact case.

‘A Cap For Steve’ by Morley Callaghan

Hudson is a powerful lawyer, who lives in the nice apartments across the park. Steve accuses the boy of stealing his hat and demands that he return it.

Dave was also jealous of Mr. Condon, and the wealth that he had, and Dave envied him. Dave Diamond, the father, is a poor, quick-tempered man who knows the true value of money, and knows how to make every dollar count. A short cllaghan a day review. Where creativity and inspiration meet. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: From the beginning to end of the story, money is an evident theme.


Hudson, but in a different way.

A Cap For Steve

He works very hard to make ends meet, and does not give himself many breaks. And I say that with the reassurance that I have loved every minute of this project. Dave cannot compare himself to all of what Mr.

Although the dialogue between them is civil and friendly, Mr. Steve saw the power of authority and was scared from the start. The Mookse and the Gripes Books and films from around the world. Whispering Gums Books, reading and moley else that comes to mind Learns that money is not everything, son shows him that. He saw how his son worshiped Mr. People in the neighbourhood looked at him differently, which was why part of him had been ripped out when his father sold the hat.

Transformation from a shy fearful boy; stands up to his father, and better understands the generosity of a child. The Evening Reader Thoughts on books to read in your spare time He and his father grow substantially from one another, and through the situation they went endured together. The cap was priceless to Steve, not only because of where it came from, but what it meant. He understood now that in many cases the best man does not necessarily win, but instead the wealthier man. It first began with the jealousy towards Mr.

Growth can happen at any age, and although Dave was a fully grown man with a job and family, his young son teaches him a lot throughout this story. He went from a quiet, shy boy, to someone who could express his feelings and stand up to his father. Hudson, he saw the true power of money, and how much more power Mr.

A Cap for Steve is a story of growth, and disappointment. Steve and Dave are then invited to meet Mr. The Red Pen of Doom Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong. Dave was seen as a jealous man from the very beginning. Hudson incident, Steve told his father that he never wanted to be like him, which was when Dave truly understood the significance of what had just happened, and how much he hurt his son.


Throughout the story, Dave sees Steve in many different lights, and in the end he sees how much he has grown. From the very beginning Callaghan clearly shows the importance of money to him.

Dave knew that his son was counting on him, but in the caloaghan Dave shattered all the hope that Steve had. He told what had happened then he slowly took the two ten-dollar xteve out of his wallet and tossed them on the table and looked up guiltily at his wife.

In the short story, A Cap for SteveCallaghan uses the story to show the power of money and pride, which opens our eyes to the disillusionment of a young boy, and leads to the growth of his father. Time Enough At Last Musings from an avid reader who never has enough time to read. You are commenting using your WordPress. He walked past them into the kitchen.

For some, family comes to mind when they think of dinner every night together and how involved their parents morlfy in their lives.

He realized how much time he was missing out on with his son, so he went and apologized to him. Hudson, he is almost immediately intimidated by him. Steve taught his father at the end of the story that their relationship can mean more than anything else. Hudson; who is a very powerful and wealthy ,man.

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