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Little Rascals: An Author’s Portrayal of Children

J.M. Barrie’s novel Peter Pan is famous for its representation of the childhood and the mannerisms of children. Barrie uses this book as a vessel through which to communicate his opinion of children as being innocently fair, while at the same time being conceited and heartless. His technique for demonstrating these aspects is his strong […]

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Me man. You woman.

Gender stereotypes can be found in most if not all fantasy novels. J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan is no different. The title character and Wendy are put under the same unseen pressures that all boys and girls are. One of the obvious signs of this is in the third chapter when they first meet.  Wendy sees […]

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Inactive Maternity

Throughout J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, no one theme appears more frequently than the idea of maternity except, perhaps, that of childhood.  Thoughts of motherhood run through the minds of the Lost Boys before Wendy is even imagined, and even the frightful Captain Hook has his moment to recall a maternal image.  But with all […]

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A Guide to Recognizing Your Stereotypes

            Peter Pan does nothing to break down stereotypes in literature.  If anything, Barrie reinforces them with his definitive writing style that states everything as an unarguable fact.  Women are further shoved in their molds by the actions of the Wendy, Mrs. Darling, and even on occasion Tinker Bell.               First we […]

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A Perfect Wendy and A Perfect Peter?

In J.M Barrie “ Peter Pan” you are introduced to a boy that never wants to grow up and a young girl who wants to be older in order to be a mother. Both of these characters demonstrate the stereotypical gender role. You have Peter Pan who is living in a world that every young […]

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Do You Believe in Fairies?

A main component to Barrie’s text is the contrast that Peter Pan perpetuates between reality and the imaginary. Barrie uses this contrast to produce evidence of the negative and positive aspects of Peter’s way of life. Peter has a seemingly unshakeable belief that the imaginary world of Neverland is his reality. He reinforces this belief […]

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Your Mother and Mine: Gender Roles in “Peter Pan”

Following the Leader-Peter Pan (1953)                    Peter Pan is the story of “the boy who never grew up”, who lived in Neverland, flew through the air, and fought villainous pirates.  He is also the boy who took a young girl named Wendy back to Neverland with him.  The two characters embody and perpetuate gender stereotypes, […]

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Alice’s battle with Childhood

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Duchesses, Caterpillars, O My!

  As Alice travels through Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland she encounters many adults, all of whom are temperamental and are very cryptic in nature. Two of the major adult characters Alice interacts with are the Caterpillar and the Duchess. Each of these characters’ interactions with Alice are unique and give the readers different perspectives […]

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Size and the Mind

In the psychological madhouse most commonly known as “Wonderland”, everything seems to be flipped to look as if there is no stability in the world surrounding. In Wonderland, the laws of gravity and of philosophy do not apply and there are always play on words. This lack of acknowledgement of the natural world in which […]

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