The Flight From Neverland: Coming of Age Through a Century of Peter Pan
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This thesis makes an attempt to track the progression of the social expectations placed on children and adults through J.M. Barrie's play, "Peter Pan," and various subsequent adaptations of that work. Spanning the length of approximately a century, I have compared the works of Barrie, both his play and his novel, to film adaptations from time periods which I believe to highlight pivotal moments in the evolution of Western culture, primarily those of England and the United States. Issues of gender roles, family structures, and the definition of the individual as a member of a community all contribute to the fashioning of society, both the young and the old. This work attempts to comment on the changes made to primary characters within the Peter Pan narrative which depict these social changes, reflecting on the audience's expectations of society, contemporary to that work.