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Amputation in fiction: Captain Hook

Peter Pan is a great… I guess we can call it franchise. It’s vivid, interesting and appealing to both children and adults. Much like modern Shrek. Shrek, by the way, has a cameo of the play villain, Captain Hook, in second installment of the series.

This is one of the few pieces of fiction featuring a character turned into an amputee by the main hero. Peter Pan cut off Captain’s hand in a sword fight, getting him the Hook nickname. Moreover, Peter Pan fed the amputated limb to a crocodile, which enjoyed the taste so much, that it now stalks Captain Hook to get some more. Kids play, you know.
Anyway, most people seem know Peter Pan by the great Steven Spielberg’s 1991 movie Hook starring Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman. Remember that egg-throwing cannon? Awesome! The movie was also supplemented with then novelty CD-ROM game, a rather humorous pixel hunting quest based on the movie.
Apart from boys stuff like swords, pirates and fairies, the movie presents a deeper problem to think of.
The film is about grown-ups who forgot they were all children one day. And that leads to many problems. Killing the kid inside prevents them from, literary, flying.
And that has something to do with real life. If you always act like adult and down-to-earth, you obviously can’t fly. Do not suppress the inner child. That’s the only way to archive harmony, even the Bible agrees on that.
You know what? Those RC toys and model railroads are like boobs. Initially made for kids, but played with by dads. Take you kid to a toy store. You would even imagine how much progress they’ve made since you were a kid. Get the most mouth-watering toy you eyes clutch on and spend the weekend enjoying it with your child. Remember, at the end of the day it’s all about them.