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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Whispering Gums Books, reading and anything else that comes to mind In reading short stories this summer, I must admit I have almost become numb to the level of pretense in much of the writing.

For twenty dollars he lost one of the most important things to him and he was struck with disappointment. Steve looked to his father for help and understanding, but Dave did not realize this until then end. Along with the growth of their relationship, Dave also matured. People all face some time of disenchantment with their parents, and can relate. He realized how much time he was missing out on with his son, so he went and apologized to him.

He was envious of his power and wealth, but not the relationship he had with his son. Dave knew that his son was counting on him, but in the end Dave shattered all the hope that Steve had. Dave saw how much he hurt his son, and so he changed his approach.


Condon, and the wealth that he had, and Dave envied him. He told what had happened then he slowly took the two ten-dollar bills out of his wallet and tossed them on the table and looked up guiltily at his wife.

Morley Callaghan’s A Cap for Steve: Themes & Thesis

The atmosphere went from dark to light, and there was finally some happiness in the story. Although Dave held is ground in the beginning, he could not refuse the twenty dollars. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Caap Literary Translator; Reviewer. 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 disillusions cxllaghan a young boy, and leads to the growth of his father.

‘A Cap For Steve’ by Morley Callaghan

Both Steve and Dave value money and struggle to make ends meet. Steve taught his father at the end of the story that their relationship can mean more than anything else. 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. Dave was also jealous of Mr. In this story, Steve is disillusioned with his father for the first time, and the young boy begins his maturation.

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Bookish Beck Anglo-American literary dabbler. He went from a quiet, shy boy, to someone who could express his feelings and stand up to his father. Schoolworkhelper Editorial Team https: From the beginning to end of the story, money is an evident theme. People in the neighbourhood looked at him differently, which was molrey part of him had been ripped out when his father sold the hat. Money is mentioned in the first sentence of the story, and is an important component throughout.

Throughout the story, Dave sees Steve in many different lights, and in the end he sees how much he has grown. Dave was seen as calpaghan jealous man from the very beginning.

Morley Callaghan’s A Cap for Steve: Themes & Thesis – SchoolWorkHelper

Dave thought his son felt the same amazement and excitement when Mr. He walked past them into the kitchen.

Dave and Steve do not see eye to eye on many things, which puts a strain on their relationship. From the beginning, there was an apparent strain between Dave and Steve. Fox on an Island Gabriola, BC. From the very beginning Callaghan clearly shows the importance of money to him. Lost In A Good Book.