Captain Hook is a complicated, conflicted character. He is hot tempered and treats his crew like dogs. He is menacing and sinister, and yet he is polite, and always exhibits elegant diction and signs of his good breeding. Hook is not an entirely unheroic character and does strive to act nobly throughout his ferocious acts.
Hook exemplifies the “gentleman’s villain.” He always has his waistcoat, fancy hat, and keeps his mustache well-groomed. He’s trained in fencing and speaks of good form and honor among thieves. But of course he doesn’t have any honor because he is a pirate, though an elegant one at that.
But Hook cannot break out from the inner struggle he’s placed on himself. He is at odds with the conventions of blue-blooded, civilized society, and the life he leads as a pirate. While he seeks to carry out his treacherous acts with civility and nobility, (he is not without fairness or consideration), he is forever critiquing himself as to whether he has upheld his code. Hook also feels isolated, a mismatch who is above the dogged crew around him — one who must set an example for them, but perhaps he needs an example for himself.
Life is sometimes at odds with faith. That’s why the Catch is so important. We are all complicated characters. We try to fit our lives into neat categories, but they don’t always cooperate. We are too sacred to be secular and too sinful to be holy.
Here at the Catch, we don’t shy away from those human/spiritual conflicts; in fact, we celebrate them. That’s why we need you to help keep the Catch going. Many say there’s nothing else like it.
So while Hook runs from the clock, let’s use the clock to our advantage?
One more day — until midnight tonight — to have your gift matched up to $2,000.
Click on the Clock while there’s still time!
Join those who have already gotten us over halfway to goal!
Frank, Las Vegas, Nevada
Ralph, La Habra Heights, California
Sara, Boerne, Texas
Victor, New Castle, Pennsylvania
George, Barefoot Bay, Florida
Chan, Hong Kong
Shari, Laguna Beach, California
Laura, Phoenix, Arizona
Mark, Garden City, Michigan
Merlyn, Goodyear, Arizona
Mike, Sacramento, California
Hal, Lititz, Pennsylvania
Noel, Blue Hill, Maine
Neil, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
David, Lakeville, Minnesota
Laura, Lubbock, Texas
David, Kati Kati, New Zealand
Darin, Cozad, Nebraska
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Kent, Bryan, Ohio
Christopher, Edwardsville, Illinois
David, Liberty Lake, Washington
Roger, Whittier, California
Laura, Phoenix, Arizona
Paul, Wayne, Pennsylvania
Paula, Decatur, Alabama
Linda, Bainbridge Island, Washington
William, Huntsville, Alabama
John, Cupertino, California
John, Chicago, Illinois
Tom, Washington, D.C.
Patrick, Dundee, Michigan
Lisa, Sunland, California
Joe, Sugar Land, Texas
Cynthia, Harlingen, Texas
Garry, Ozark, Arkansas
Pat & Dave, Normandy Park, Washington
Christina, Columbia, Maryland
Michael, Tucson, Arizona
Dick, East Amhurst, New York
Mike, Cambria, California