A Cage of Butterflies


The novel “A Cage of Butterflies” can be read as being “a refreshing tale about the power of love, the strength of the human spirit and the power of good over evil. It is proof that humanity does exist in a world, which seems to be increasingly gloomy and filled with ruthless beings motivated by greed and selfishness.” This reading accurately describes some of the deeper meanings inside this novel. Brian Caswell has successfully created an undercurrent of love, friendship and trust between the “Think-Tank”, the “Babies” as-well-as Susan and Eric. The novel also clearly represents the triumph of good over evil, and that even though the characters are surrounded by gloom, and ruthlessness, rare characteristics such as kindness, and compassion ever present.


This novel displays an undercurrent of love, friendship and trust. People who love each other in this book are obviously Greg and Mikki who at the end of the novel marry, Eric and Susan are another couple represented in the book. The love that Susan had for her deceased brother Richard is the single reason that Susan became involved in the “Facility”, as Richard had left some files which Susan had read, containing information regarding the predicament the “Babies” were in. The “Sharing” is also another form of love/friendship this friendship is so strong that the “Babies” would rather die than be separated. These relationships are the basis on which this novel is based, creating a trusting network allowing the group to be successful against all odds.


No matter the difficulties thrust against the main characters in this novel, the ultimate triumph of good over evil is obvious. Larsen and MacIntyre are the researchers at the “Farm”, and represent the “Bad guys”. Larsen is the manager and MacIntyre his assistant, their blatant cruelty towards the “Babies”, although justified in their eyes, is inhumane and forces the “Think-Tank” to take action in order to protect themselves and the “Babies” from harm. The development of such a hated evil figure justifies the actions taken by the “Think-Tank” and shows the underlying strength of compassion and kindness can achieve.


Although the characters are forced to endure the ruthlessness of Larsen and Macintyre’s experiments, the occurrence of the “Think-Tank’s” kindness and compassion for the “Babies” predicament gives them the strength to help each other through many obstacles. The sheer determination of the “Think-Tank” is what essentially allowed them to free the “Babies”. Through their various challenges the “Think-Tank” and the “Babies” become stronger, happier and more of a cohesive network.


Through the information given it is clear that the novel “A Cage Of Butterflies” is accurately described by the reading that the novel is “a refreshing tale about the power of love, the strength of the human spirit and the power of good over evil. It is proof that humanity does exist in a world, which seems to be increasingly gloomy and filled with ruthless beings motivated by greed and selfishness.” By delving into deeper meanings in the novel, it is obvious that there is an undercurrent of love and friendship, backed by the fact that good will triumph over evil, and that although in this gloomy situation, compassion lurks. This novel is expertly written by Brian Caswell, and really is a refreshing tale.