Analysis Of The Book ' The Many Faces Of James Hook '

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Olivia Young
Mr. Albritton
Neverland Variations
13 October 2016
The Many Faces of James Hook
Whether reading the book or watching the movie, there are notable differences in the character better known as Captain Hook. When we first meet James Hook, he is a classic storybook villain: evil, hairy, and merciless, cruel even to his own crew. He despises Peter and the other children, and dreams of killing them all. Yet from the very beginning, we are made to understand that Hook is not quite an ordinary pirate. The captain of the Jolly Roger was able to use fear as a weapon to get everything he wanted, with the exception of a mother or defeating Peter Pan. Yet in both J.M. Barrie’s novel Peter Pan and TriStar Pictures’ film Hook we can see a softer, more gentlemen-like quality hidden far under the scary exterior. Hook is an exceptionally strange and convoluted character, both a villain and a gentleman yet he too experiences and displays regular human feelings that add to the complexity. Although he is not a fan favorite, without an antagonist such as James Hook, Peter Pan would have been far less interesting to readers and viewers everywhere.
The first trait that comes to mind when picturing the terrifying captain of the pirates in Neverland is jealousy. Although a tough man in appearance, James Hook has a childlike pettiness about him. Whether it is toward his own men, Peter Pan, or Wendy and the lost boys, he does not hide his jealousy; rather, he uses it to get back at…

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