Captain Hook



Portrayal of Pirates in Movies, and the Modern age

For the most part pirates are portrayed the same in every movie. These pirate stereotypes mostly come from the depiction of Captain Hook,from Peter Pan. They mostly have a rugged, unrefined look. This symbolizes their tough lifestyle on the sea. Usually they are greedy, rude, concerned onlyon fighting, and finding treasures.
In the movie Hook, although a children’s movie, the pirates were depicted the same. They were greedy, manipulating people. They wore the traditional pirate outfits, 17th and 18th century clothing, with bandanas and eye patches. When you think of pirates these men were the original pirates.

During the Pirates of the Caribbean series there were many different types of pirates. Thesemovies showed an overview of every type of pirate; it seems as though each stereotype was met. This movie was for an older audience than Hook, so the pirates were a little more realistic. They were greedy, dirty, drunken old men. They were the correct outfits, and had the proper accessories. Some Pirates were missing limbs, eyes, teeth and anything else toshow their rough lifestyle. Most had a flintlock pistol, and some type of sword. They had odd pets like parrots or monkeys to help assist them while robbing.

These pirates were also a bit funnier then in Hook. This is because Pirates of the Caribbean was a comedy. The serious angry pirates had a lighter side for comedy.
In real life pirates didn’t usually have a lighter side,unless they had recently been drinking. In the documentary True Pirates of the Caribbean experts explore and explain the real life pirate. In the earlier centuries the traditional stereotypes are the same.

Modern day pirates however are a bit different. Piracy is the robbing or committing a violent crime at sea. Most modern day pirates can be found terrorizing the waters between the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. A very popular area in recent years is off the coast of Somali. These Pirates use small boats and a small crew. They are successful because of the large amount of goods being shipped internationally. They attack a large vessel, and take all they can. Murdering the people on board, or kidnapping them for a ransom.
Modern day piracy isn’t much different then the portrayal of traditional pirates. That is probably the reason why now, in the present we still portray pirates in a traditional way instead of the modern way. Modern day pirates hold people for ransom and have machine guns, they are scary; original pirates fought ten-year-old flying boys, and kidnapped fairies.


Edward Teach (c. 1680 – 22 November 1718), better known as Blackbeard, was a notorious English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of the American colonies.

Black Beard captured a French merchant vessel, renamed her //Queen Anne's Revenge//, and equipped her with 40 guns. This became his ship and he then became almost unstoppable. He became a renowned pirate, his nickname came from his thick black beard and fearsome appearance; he was reported to have tied lit fuses under his hat to frighten his enemies.

-Dave Wolf
Then and now



Golden Age Of Piracy

The "Golden Age Of Piracy" stared in the 1620's until about the 1750's. It was known for Pirates to be near Europe and Spain in the Caribbean Sea. They took advantage of the fact that Europe was at war with Spain to raid ships and various Spanish towns to seize most of their goods. Believe it or not, females were also well renowned. Two of the most famous ones were Anne Bonney and Mary Read. They were captured in 1720 and both sentenced to death. Before Read was hung she died of a fever or complications of childbirth.

- Cassie O'Toole