The Point? I dont understand exactly what the story is talking about. Is it basically just showing how Hook matures throughout his life?

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"Hook" is really a story of protest. Clark is protesting the intrusion of human activity into wild life. The intrusions disrupt natural patterns of living and destroy as much as they build up. Hook, the hawk, has avoided the farmer and the farmer's domain by veering away, by altering his suvey of his own domain in order to avoid what he senses is his own predator. Yet, the farmer, in his arrogance and limited knowledge, drives Hook to doing the very thing he wrongly suspected him of doing: stealing chickens. The end is a violent as human's intrusion into nature.

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Like most fables, there is a bigger message here. In essence, it's a story about the inevitable conflict between nature and mankind. Another important theme is fulfilling your destiny. Hook became his true self when he took to flight. Conflict with man could also be seen as part of that destiny.
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