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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.

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Group three

Skeffington and Cal

Isolation and guilt

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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.
  • “no loyalist bastards are going to force me out of my home. They can kill me first.”
  • They are determined that they will not move, the first hint that they are thinking of moving is when Cal has been attacked.
  • Cal is also isolated at home as he has had to give up his job at the abattoir.
  • He is alone every day therefore isolating himself from everyone around him.
  • Cal isolates himself from Crilly and Skeffinton by not wanting to take part in all of the violence that is going on.
  • This can also be linked in with his guilt of what they done to Marcellas husband.
  • Cal uses isolation as a way of punishing himself.
  • This method causes him to over thinking in relation to his mother and makes him feel even more guilt.
  • Cal feels guilty although Crilly and Skeffington don’t.
  • Therefore cal feels isoalted as he struggles to deal with this guilt as he does not have anyone to speak to about it.
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Cals Guilt

  • Cal feels guilt for the murder of Marcella’s husband.
  • He knew what he was doing was wrong and how has to face the consequences of it.
  • Cal punishes himself in a way of getting rid of this guilt and feels that if he does this it will disappear, even although it does not.
  • Cal feels guilt that he did not stop Crilly from killing Marcella’s husband and he drove him to do it.
  • Although Cal assisted in the murder, he cannot control his feelings towards Marcella, and building the relationship on the foundation of a lie.
  • Even when partaking in ‘unusual’ behaviour, he knows it’s wrong yet cannot help himself.
  • This sequences into a loop of guilt, self punishment, pondering how he can live with himself and it spirals on and on.
  • Evident when snooping through Marcella’s room and he comes across himself in a mirror, he quickly dismisses it from view. Showing he still has regret and understands what he is doing is a sin.
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Skeffington’s guilt

  • Skeffington holds a different form of isolation to Cal.
  • He is a man of high intelligence surrounded by less competent followers e.g Crilly.
  • As a result, we can often see him getting lonely at times.
  • Unknown to his Father, he does live a double life as an IRA ‘Commander’
  • On the other side of that life is a family man working as a primary school teacher. Having to alternate between these personas does affect him.
  • An example of this would be his attitude towards vulgarity being used in presence of his father. Moreover, communicating and phrasing words to his IRA thugs as if they were the primary school children.
  • “Can we do without that word please? Skeffington’s face was wrinkled with distaste.”
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Important quotes for isolation and guilt

  • “no loyalist bastard is going to force me out of my home. They can kill me first.”
  • Cal and his father are both isolated on a prodestant street when they are the only catholics.
  • This causes a lot of violence for example Cal being attacked.
  • Cal and his father are standing their ground and refusing to leave.
  • “greatful that at last someone was going to beat him to within an inch of his life.”
  • Cals guilt as he has been trying to punish himself throughout the novel to make up for his sins.
  • He is happy that eventually he is getting what he deserves.
  • “if your not part of the soloution your part of the problem”
  • Cal is completley separate to what Crilly and Skeffington are doing.
  • He does not agree with the violence.
  • “only catholic family in the whole estate.”
  • Isolation is highlighted as they are not part of the community.
  • They are disliked due to their religion and what they believe in.
  • “he went to his bedroom to eat again the ashes of what he had done.”
  • Cal constantly feels guilt about the crime that he has commited.
  • Every time he is alone the guilt gets worse.
  • “The trust she showed in falling asleep beside him made him feel worse.”
  • highlights his guilt over what he has done to her husband.
  • he feels his guilt even more now that he is with Marcella.
  • “he was trying to get close to the one person he should be continents away from.”
  • Cal knows he shouldn’t be near Marcella but cannot help himself.
  • Guilt increases when he is with her.
  • He questions if he should tell her lot throughout the novel.
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Had to grow up without her there

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.”

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“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.