Analysis Of Peter Pan By James M. Barrie

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Alicia Lalicon Professor Van Buren WGS 225 4 November 2014 Peter Pan Discussion Question Day 1 – Group 1 Published in 1911, Peter Pan by James M. Barrie portrays the social expectations for members of the Victorian era with respect to gender and class. Mr. and Mrs. Darling, parents of the female protagonist Wendy, nearly perfectly fulfill such expectations with negligible deviations. The portrayal of these characters serve both to reinforce social roles in regards to gender and challenge them in regards to class. Mr. Darling appears to fulfill his gender social roles on the surface. He 's depicted as the superior in his marriage to Mrs. Darling, having “won” and “got all of her” by arriving first at her house out of a crowd of boys to propose to her (Chapter 1). In this marriage, he appears to minimally appreciate Mrs. Darling 's efforts and dismiss them as her wifely duties, as seen when Mr. Darling “thank[s] her carelessly” for tying the tie over which he makes such a dramatic scene (Chapter 2). As would be expected, Mr. Darling is the sole-breadwinner and handles the family expenses and matters requiring mathematical calculations. In the dramatic tie scene, he makes it obvious to his wife that the livelihood of the family depends on him, ranting: I warn you of this, mother, that unless this tie is round my neck we don 't go out to dinner to-night, and if I don 't go out to dinner tonight, I never go to the office again, and if I don 't go to the office again, you and
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