Group three Skeffington and Cal Isolation and guilt. Isolation. Cal and his father, Shamie , are both isolated in their own street. Due to the catholic and protestant divide between the people. Cal and his father are catholic and live on a street full of protestants.
Skeffington and Cal
Isolation and guilt
At a young age
He has fear of telling her what he has done
“In lent she took back tea and weighed her morsels of food on scales for six weeks.”
“He was trying to get close to the one person he should be continents away from.”
Losing his mother
His growing love for Marcella
Sympathy for Cal here
Choose a novel in which you feel sympathy with one of the main characters because of the difficulties she or he has to face.
Describe the problems the character faces and show by what means you are made to feel sympathy for him or her.
He wishes he was more like his mother
Cal cant forgive himself.
The way Cal punishes himself
Cal is forced into violence
Skeffington wont let him out of the robbery
“grateful that at last someone was going to beat him to within an inch of his life.”
Due to his guilt
By Crilly and Skeffington
Causes him to feel guilt
“if your not part of the solution your part of the problem.”
“Cal” by Bernard Maclaverty is a novel in which we feel sympathy with one of the main characters because of the difficulties she or he has to face. The themes present throughout the novel are guilt, isolation, conflict and love. Cal is a 19 year old boy who is a catholic and lives in a protestant estate. Cal and his father are isolated from the community due to their religion. Cal also faces the difficulty of his strong feelings for Marcella which he should not have due to his guilt of what he has done.