Carl Gallagher

Carl Gallagher

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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Living… in the south side of Chicago in Canaryville with the rest of the troubled Gallagher clan. As the second youngest Gallagher, Carl gets more freedom than the average ten year old. His mother’s out of the picture, his father’s a deadbeat, and his siblings are always in some kind of trouble. He shares a room with his older brothers Ian and Lip, which is a frustrating arrangement for everyone involved.

Profession… student. Carl is a trouble-maker at school, always on the verge of expulsion. Outside of school, he runs a babysitting service with his sister Debbie to supplement the other Gallagher’s income. He’s also more than willing to get involved in petty crime, even if he has to partner with his unreliable alcoholic of a father, Frank.

Interests... weapons, drinking, and explosives. Fond of taking apart toys and hurting animals, it seems startling possible that Carl is a budding psychopath. Still, the question of whether his fascination with violence is inherent to his nature, or just a way of acting out in a broken home remains to be seen.

Relationship Status... none as of yet. But he’s still just a kid, and if the Gallagher’s general track record is any indication, Carl will have a few toxic relationships by the time he’s 18.

Challenge… overcoming some seriously messed up desires. All the Gallagher children frequently find themselves on the wrong side of the law, but their crimes are usually relatively minor. Carl’s fascination with rule breaking and his violent tendencies have set him up to get into much more serious trouble with the police. Can Carl’s siblings love and support help turn him around? Or has his traumatic childhood in the Gallagher household damaged him beyond repair?

Personality… violent, unpredictable, and reckless. Carl’s biggest flaw is his curiosity, as it always leads him to trouble. He has a highly alarming fascination with sex, drinking, and death. He may be even more messed up than any of his family members. Without their love and sacrifice, he’d be capable of just about anything.


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