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Wendy Moira Angela Darling is a fictional character and the protagonist of Peter and Wendy by Wendy is the most developed character in the story of Peter Pan , and is often He meets Jane and invites her to fly off with him to Neverland. Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up or Peter and Wendy is J. M. Barrie' s most famous . Peter returns briefly, and he meets Mrs. Darling, who has agreed to adopt the Lost Boys. She offers to adopt Peter as well, but Peter refuses. Follow the leader for a chance to meet the boy who never grew up! Peter Pan holds Wendy's hand while standing on the deck of a pirate ship.
With this blithe attitude, he says, "To die will be an awfully big adventure". In the play, the unseen and unnamed narrator ponders what might have been if Peter had stayed with Wendy, so that his cry might have become, "To live would be an awfully big adventure! In Peter and Wendy, it is explained that Peter must forget his own adventures and what he learns about the world in order to stay childlike.
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Peter's ability to fly is explained, but inconsistently. In The Little White Bird, he is able to fly because he is said to be part bird, like all babies. In the play and novel, he teaches the Darling children to fly using a combination of "lovely wonderful thoughts" and fairy dust. In Barrie's Dedication to the play Peter Pan, The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow up,  the author attributes the idea of fairy dust being necessary for flight to practical needs: Barrie Peter has an effect on the whole of Neverland and its inhabitants when he is there.
Barrie states that although Neverland appears different to every child, the island "wakes up" when Peter returns from his trip to London. He is a skilled swordsmanrivalling even Captain Hook, whose hand he cut off in a duel. He has remarkably keen vision and hearing. He is skilled in mimicry, copying the voice of Hook and the ticking of the clock in the crocodile. Peter has the ability to imagine things into existence and he is able to feel danger when it is near. In Peter and Wendy, Barrie states that the Peter Pan legend Mrs Darling heard as a child was that when children died, he accompanied them part of the way to their destination so they would not be frightened.
This is a role similar to the Greek god Hermes as a psychopomp. In the original play, Peter states that no one must ever touch him though he does not know why. The stage directions specify that no one does so throughout the play. She appears only in the first act, except in the musical in which she sees the Darling children fly off with Peter; when she tries stopping them, Michael sprinkles her with fairy dust and she ends up in Neverland.
She returns with the children at the end. She is given two musical numbers in this adaptation. Although he is often stupid, he is always the first to defend Wendy.
Ironically, he shoots her before meeting her for the first time because of Tinker Bell's trickery. He grows up to become a judge. In unreleased content for the play's epilogue, it is implied that Wendy married Tootles when they grew up. He says the only thing he remembers about his mother is she always wanted a cheque-book; he says he would love to give her one He's also the oldest and best looking Lost Boy.
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He cuts whistles from the branches of trees, and dances to tunes he creates himself. Slightly is, apparently, a poor make-believer. He blows big breaths when he feels he is in trouble, and he eventually leads to Peter's almost-downfall. In Disney's version of the story, he became "Cubby".
Inhabitants of Neverland[ edit ] Main article: Characters of Peter Pan Tiger Lily is the proud, beautiful princess of the Piccaninny tribe who are portrayed in a way now regarded as stereotypical. She is jealous of Wendy and Tinker Bell. Tiger Lily is nearly killed by Captain Hook when she is seen boarding the Jolly Roger with a knife in her mouth, but Peter saves her.
Tinker Bell is Peter Pan's fairy.
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She is described as a common fairy who mends pots and kettles and, though she is sometimes ill-behaved and vindictive, at other times she is helpful and kind to Peter for whom she has romantic feelings. The extremes in her personality are explained by the fact that a fairy's size prevents her from holding more than one feeling at a time. In Barrie's book, by Peter's first annual return for Wendy, the boy has forgotten about Tinker Bell and suggests that she "is no more" for fairies do not live long.
Captain James Hook is the vengeful pirate who lives to kill Peter Pan, not so much because Peter cut off his right hand, but because the boy is "cocky" and drives the genteel pirate to "madness". He is captain of the ship Jolly Roger. He attended Eton College before becoming a pirate and is obsessed with "good form".
Hook meets his demise when a crocodile eats him. In the stage version, the same actor who plays Mr.
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Darling also plays this character. Smee is an Irish nonconformist pirate. He is the boatswain of the Jolly Roger. Smee is one of only two pirates to survive Peter Pan's massacre.
He then makes his living saying he was the only man James Hook ever feared. Gentleman Starkey was once an usher at a public school. He is Captain Hook's first mate. Peter Pan gives Starkey's hat to the Never Bird to use as a nest. In the part of the story where Peter Pan and the Lost Boys built a house for Wendy on Neverland, Peter Pan stays up late that night to guard her from the pirates, but then the story says: Any of the other boys obstructing the fairy path at night they would have mischiefed, but they just tweaked Peter's nose and passed on.
They are described as being very beautiful and mysterious creatures but equally just as vain and malevolent. Barrie states in the novel Peter and Wendy that the mermaids are only friendly to Peter, and that they will intentionally splash or even attempt to drown anyone else if they come close enough.
It is especially dangerous for mortals to go to Mermaids' Lagoon at night, because that's when the mermaids sing hauntingly in the moonlight and utter strange wailing cries to attract potential victims.
The Crocodile is Captain Hook's nemesis. During a sword fight, Peter cut off Hook's right hand and fed it to a crocodile which followed Hook ever since, hungering for more. The crocodile also swallowed a clock which ticking warns Hook of its presence. Barrie, who loved Wendy's stories to her siblings and wrote them in books. During a flashback to Peter's childhood, a younger Wendy is played by Gwyneth Paltrow.
Peter's and Moira's daughter, Wendy's great-granddaughter, is Maggie, a common pet name for Margaret, the name of Jane's daughter, Wendy's granddaughter, in the original book by Barrie.
During the movie, it is implied that Wendy once and still does have feelings for the now-grown-up Peter. Peter Pan live-action film — Rachel Hurd-Wood. In this film, as in Barrie's original treatment, Wendy easily falls into a mothering role with her male companions, but is conflicted by her romantic feelings towards Peter, who reacts with incomprehension and annoyance.
She is also more adventurous than in most adaptations, taking part in the conflict with the pirates including sword fighting. The film also develops Barrie's hint that Wendy is attracted to the more mature and virile Hook, showing that she is growing up in spite of herself. Animation[ edit ] Peter Pan animated film — Kathryn Beaumont.
Disney 's Wendy is portrayed as being a mother first and foremost, with all the classical ideas of how to be a mother and care for people. She appears bossy but well-meaning, and slightly taken with Peter.
Like her original character in the novel, she cares about Peter and about her brothers' well-being.