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Transcript of Peter Pan
Peter Pan opens in the humble home of a fictional family known as the Darlings. It is widely accepted that the story is set in the real-life town of Bloomsbury, London, at some time in the 1910s. The vocabulary used reflects that of the time period and location of the story. The Darlings are a rich family. They can afford a very large house with one servant and a rather spacious nursery. The children (Wendy, John, and Michael) are used to being treated well.The vast majority of Peter Pan takes place on the magical island known as Never Land. The action in the story takes place in a dense, spooky forest. There is also Mermaid’s Lagoon, where the mermaids dwell. The other main Never Land location is Captain Hook’s pirate ship, The Jolly Roger, where the climax takes place. While Peter takes the children to Never Land, it is never revealed where the island is located on a map. It is stated in the story that the true location of Never Land is found in the mind of children, and a child's mind has no boundaries at all.
The main theme of Peter Pan is that every child must eventually grow up. Peter is a metaphor for what every child longs to be, someone who can be a kid and have fun and do whatever they want all their life, while Wendy is a symbol for adulthood. She can have fun all she wants as a child, (as shown by her adventures in Never Land) but she is eventually forced to grow up and take charge of her own life.
In the exposition, The Darlings, a fictional family comprised of Mr. and Mrs. Darling, Wendy, John, Michael, and a dog named Nana are introduced. They live a peaceful life in turn-of-the-century London. One night, a boy clad in green sneaks in to the children’s nursery, wakes up Wendy, and introduces himself as Peter Pan. He tells her that he had run away to an island called Never Land, and that he lived there with the Lost Boys, who are just like him. Peter teaches Wendy and her brothers how to fly, and they go to Never Land. The Lost Boys tell the Darling children about Captain Hook and his evil pirate crew. Peter and the boys then build a house for Wendy, and they ask her to be their mother, which she accepts.
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The main conflict is Man vs. Man. The conflict is shown when the pirates and Peter's Lost Boys are constantly butting heads, like when the pirates poison a cake and leave it for the boys, or when the Lost Boys battle the pirates to defend the Indians. There are also conflicts of Man vs. Self, like Peter, desperate to hang on to his youth.
In the rising action, Wendy, John and Michael eventually want to go home, and the Lost Boys (besides Peter) go with them. Hook and his pirates then capture the Darlings and the Lost Boys.
In the climax, the pirates are about to have their captives walk the plank, when Peter arrives and saves them. Peter and the boys kill Hook and his pirates, and take Hook’s ship for their own.
In the resolution, the three children and the Lost Boys then return home. Peter stays in Never Land, but Wendy turns into an adult and mostly forgets Peter. However, her daughter Jane, dreams of Never Land, and one night, a boy clad in green sneaks into her nursery...
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Wendy Darling is the main protagonist of Peter Pan, and a dynamic character. In the beginning of the book, she is proud of her childhood, and wants to avoid growing up. When Peter, a boy who is eternally young, takes her to Never Land, she finally gets this chance. Ironically, when Wendy starts acting as a mother to the Lost Boys, she finds her experiences at Never Land brings out her adult side. Wendy eventually accepts that she has to grow up eventually, and returns to London to welcome adulthood.
Peter Pan is the second protagonist of the story. He is a static character. Throughout the whole story, Peter is a very boastful and childish character. He is always bragging to anyone that will listen. When Peter takes Wendy to Never Land, it is because he and his Lost Boys need a mother, and she accepts. While she matures while caring for them, Peter does not change at all. If possible, he becomes less mature, only doing things that he is forced to.
Foreshadowing: In the exposition of the story, after Peter sneaks in to the Darling nursery for the first time, she states that she somehow knew Peter Pan. Once Wendy returns from Neverland and becomes an adult, and vaguely remembers Peter when he takes her daughter Jane to Neverland, and in turn Jane (Who also vaguely remembers Peter) ’s daughter Margaret, and so on. Mrs. Darling’s recollection of Peter could be referencing the “Darling cycle” explained in later books, and it could lead us to believe that the cycle could have been going on longer than we expected…
Point of View: This story is told in a 3rd person, subjective, omniscient point of view. While the narrator addresses himself as I, he is not exactly a character in the story. The narrator is widely thought to be a godlike figure, watching over the Darling family, with opinions of certain characters.
It is widely believed that Peter Pan opens in Bloomsbury, London, where Barrie lived as a child. Bloomsbury is the location of the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, who received all of Peter Pan's money after the donation of the copyright in 1929 by J. M. Barrie. The novel took place in the 1910s, and all of the characters in Peter Pan were British. This shows in the book because words such as Bo ‘sun and queer are commonplace. The characters also had servants and drank a large amount of tea.
Barrie, J. M., and Elisa Trimby. Peter Pan. London: Puffin, 1994. Print.
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Symbolism: One of the major examples of symbolism in Peter Pan deals with Captain Hook and the crocodile. Peter cut off Hook's hand and fed it to a crocodile that had swallowed a clock, and the crocodile loved the taste so much that he wanted to eat the rest of Hook. Now Hook wants revenge on Peter, but there's more to it than that. Never Land is a place where you don't grow up, but Hook is an adult. He's already grown up, so Never Land has no real effect on him, where Peter will live forever. This and the crocodile symbolize the fact that death is chasing after us, and it will eventually catch us in the end.