One of the members of The Five Fishes, a priest, and secretly the father of Julian’s unborn child. Pious and even-tempered, Luke yearns for a version of the world that still values compassion, justice, and love. While on the run, he and Julian pray together daily, performing holy sacraments at a makeshift altar. Theo suspects that Rolf allowed Luke into the group despite his lack of “practical skills” due to superstition, and the underlying belief that Luke could function as a “bringer of luck” and a “possessor of mystic powers and ancient charms.” Luke is killed during an encounter with a group of feral Omegas, sacrificing himself to save Julian (and her baby). Julian, mourning his death, reveals to the group that Luke was the true father of her child. Luke’s status as the father of the child—the first born on Earth in 25 years—implies a religious, or at least moral, foundation to the miracle of the baby’s existence, though the book doesn’t push much past that faint suggestion.
Luke Character Timeline in The Children of Men
The timeline below shows where the character Luke appears in The Children of Men. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Theo is Xan’s cousin and a former Council member, and that two members of her group—Luke, a priest, and Rolf, her husband and the group’s leader—suggested she approach Theo and ask... (full context)
...the group if they’re a religious one, which Rolf vehemently denies. Miriam explains that while Luke and Julian are Christians, their group only meets in churches because “no one asks any... (full context)
...private army. Rolf goes on, adding that the Warden should also end the semen-testing program. Luke expresses his desire for the end of “compulsory” gynecological examinations as well as the Quietus.... (full context)
...on a “dying planet” only wants “security and comfort,” and the Warden provides those things. Luke thinks the government should, in addition, offer “compassion, justice, [and] love.” Theo begins to find... (full context)
...the group that their plan is “futile”—Gascoigne will soon talk, and everything will be ruined. Luke tells Theo that the rest of them never told Gascoigne about the pregnancy “for his... (full context)