The deer drive incident is a symbolic one. Calum’s identification with the deer portrays him as a victim, bound up with the plight of the hunted.
Significantly, Calum is the first to see the deer, which anticipates his connection with it.
His beautiful face reminds us of a deer’s innocence, and the animal’s terror is also Calum’s. When Duror kills it, he seizes its head and
savagely cuts its throat, which is the way one would sacrifice a lamb at the altar.
This foreshadows Calum’s death at the hands of Duror and also implies that Calum too is sacrificed.
Once inside the beach hut, Calum examines the children’s toys and selects one:
a small wooden doll, naked, with a comical red-cheeked face; one leg was missing.
Consider, what is symbolic about the doll being broken? It could be argued that it is representative of innocence being destroyed.
It is interesting that Calum likes this doll (he is childlike and he is drawn to innocence). He also wants to mend the toy, revealing his longing to help.
However, here again, Calum is an outsider, as he does not fit into the rules of society, which sees this as
Later on, Duror uses this against Calum, turning the
child’s toy into an
obscene symbol as he tries to pollute the adult world with his lies