Peter Pan Book Analysis

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Sir James Matthew Barrie arrived into this world on May 9, 1860, in Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland as the ninth of ten children. His father, although poor, found moderate success as a hardworking small town weaver. James’ parents, not wanting their children to know poverty, instilled in their children the values of ambition, hard work, and a thirst for education. His father, David, grew up without many opportunities, and after having ten children of his own knew he had to give them more than he had. All ten of the intelligent Barrie children had opportunities and attended school in preparation for their careers. One of James’ brothers fell through the ice and drowned while skating at the age of fourteen. The death of his older brother profoundly …show more content…
They believe the main subject of the book describes the internal processes and psychological changes Wendy undergoes during the course of the play (Rakover 2009). To begin with, when critics examine the character of Wendy, it shows a blend of similar traits borrowed from Barrie’s mother and Mrs. Davies, and therefore sometimes referred to as their “little mother” (Barrie, Sir James Matthew 2006). Wendy’s maternal instincts coincide with her development into a young lady. Along with these maternal feeling toward the boys her feelings change even more so in her semi-romantic and sexual fantasies about Peter Pan. Analyzers of literature often compare Wendy to Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland written by Lewis Carroll in 1865. They depended not on royal blood, since neither had any, but from their inner strength and personality. The two leading ladies from these stories could very well show expressions of the emergence of the “modern women.” Instead of a woman’s character automatically determined by her lineage, the phrase “modern woman” describes a lady whose capabilities include defining her own identity including her sexual, emotional, and psychological character traits. Wendy showed maternal instincts, captivation by female beauty, and femininity. At the same time, as a young girl in the generation of the “modern women,” she can’t help but question the authenticity of the male and female traits appearing in the story (Rakover

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