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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Though this was true, when Steve witnessed his father being handled by Mr.

Hudson so they can work everything out. Dave was seen as a jealous man from the very beginning. Money is mentioned in the first sentence of the story, and is an important component throughout. The atmosphere went from dark to light, and there was finally some happiness in the story. From the beginning, there was an apparent strain between Dave and Steve.

It cwllaghan takes seconds! The cap was priceless to Steve, not only stevr of where it came from, but what it meant. In the short story, A Cap for SteveCallaghan shows the impact of money and pride, the disenchantment that every child faces, and that growth can happen at any age.

Hudson, he saw the true power of money, and how much more power Mr. Email required Address never made public. Dave lets him down in the xallaghan. Although Steve understands the importance of money, he can see past it. He was envious of his power and wealth, but not the relationship he had with his son.


With a cap comes authority, power and leadership, and Steve for the first time had these three things. Hudson is a powerful lawyer, who lives in the nice apartments across the park. Their relationship changes, and they grow closer than ever before. Schoolworkhelper Editorial Team https: Schoolworkhelper Editorial Team https: In this story, Steve is disillusioned with his father for the first time, and the young boy morlet his maturation.

Hudson; who is a very powerful and wealthy ,man. Fox on an Island Gabriola, BC. Hudson has a demeaning undertone to much of what he says, and Dave is aware of it. Hudson, but in a different way. He walked past them into the kitchen. Condon, and the wealth that he had, and Dave envied him. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Dave was also jealous of Mr.

Morley Callaghan’s A Cap for Steve: Essay – SchoolWorkHelper

Throughout the story, Dave sees Steve in many different lights, and in the end he sees how much he has grown. Whispering Gums Books, reading and anything else that comes to mind It first began with the jealousy towards Mr. Writer; Literary Translator; Reviewer. He is caught between pride and insecurity, between a need to control but also appreciate his son.

‘A Cap For Steve’ by Morley Callaghan

Another instance where Steve was faced with disillusion was again with Mr. Although Dave held is ground in the beginning, he could not refuse the twenty dollars. A Cap for Steve is a story of growth, and disappointment.


People all face some time of disenchantment with their parents, and can relate. Although all families are different and unique, most have very similar conflicts along with comparable relationships. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Hudson incident, Steve told his father that he never wanted to be like him, which was when Dave truly understood the significance of stevs had just happened, and how much he hurt his son. Both characters grow ca throughout the story, along with the strength of their relationship.

From the very beginning Callaghan clearly shows the importance of money to him. People in the neighbourhood looked at him differently, which was why part of him had been ripped out when his father sold the hat.

Dave did not have a proper understanding of his son until the end of the story which made their relationship grow. Time Enough At Last Musings from an avid reader who never has enough time to read. Dave thought his son felt the same amazement and excitement when Mr. Steve has a lot sfeve hope and faith for his father, who ends up letting him down. Short Story Magic Tricks Tags:

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