Peter's M The Symbolism Of Manhood In Peter Pan

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Peter Pan does not live with a foster family and he even refuses to be in one. However, he has his own band to whom he acts like a leader. His band consists of a number of orphans who yearn for a mother, unlike him. It is not surprising, judging peter’s character, that he likes to be free of any obligations or commitments. Even when he is offered to be adopted by the Darlings, he rejects the idea and flies back to Neverland. Peter rejects the idea of going to school to learn solemn things or being in an office when he grows old. It is funny that he does not like to wake up and finds a beard on his face. The beard here is symbol of manhood and consequently of responsibility and commitment; the kind of things Peter does not master (Barrie 177).…show more content…
By this, critics mean Barrie oversimplifies them, seeing them only as mothers rather than well-rounded human beings. Mrs. Mary Darling is the most idealized female character in Peter Pan. She is polite and giving, without faults, desires, or ambitions, except those that relate to her children. In many ways, Wendy is her mother’s daughter. About eight- or ten- years-old, Wendy likes to play house with her brother John. When her father tries to convince her brother Michael to take his medicine, she is the one to immediately help him deal with the situation. But when Wendy is in Never Land, she proves that she is more than a petite version of her mother. She does act as mother to the Lost Boys—though she admits ‘‘I am only a little girl; I have no real experience’’…show more content…
He, consequently, is supposed to be their father; a role that does not suit his character all the time. He succeeds in protecting them from danger but fails in everything else. John complains that Peter does not act as a father. He tells Wendy that Peter is not really their father, he did not even know how a father does until he shows him (117). John's remark is significant and shows a lot about the personality of Peter. For Wendy, he is the father but for the boys, he is merely acting in a bad way the role of the father. Peter himself confesses that he plays this role flakily because he refuses to grow up and prefers to stay a

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