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Peter Pan was a famous character who appeared in the book, The Little White Bird, in 1902. The character was first used in a play two years later and became an instant success. Author J.M. Barrie then adapted it as a novel, titled Peter and Wendy, in 1911. The title character, Peter Pan, was famous being “the boy who will never grow up” and for his adventures in Neverland.
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Key Facts & Information
J.M. BARRIE’S LIFE
- James Matthew Barrie was born on May 9, 1860, in Scotland.
- He was a Scottish playwright and writer who was popular for his character, Peter Pan.
- He was the ninth of ten children and was the child of a moderately successful Scottish weaver.
- When he was six, his brother David died. David was the favorite of their mother, and it left her devastated.
- Her mother found consolation in the fact that her favorite son would never grow up and leave her.
- This was believed to be one of his inspirations in creating Peter Pan.
- Another inspiration for the playwright was the Davies family, who had a child named Peter.
- Peter Pan – often described as the boy who will never grow up. He lived with the fairies and the Lost Boys in Neverland.
- Wendy Darling – the eldest of the Darling children. She befriended Peter Pan and became the mother of the Lost Boys.
- John Darling – second born of the three Darling siblings.
- Michael Darling – the youngest of the three Darling siblings.
- Tinker Bell – a fairy who accompanied Peter Pan at all times.
- Mrs. Darling – the devoted and loving mother of the Darling children. After they went missing, she kept the nursery window open, waiting for her children to come back.
- Mr. Darling – the kind-hearted but prideful patriarch of the Darling family. He blamed himself for what happened to his children and insisted that he live in Nana’s kennel until they came back. He chained up Nana in the yard instead of having her guard the Darling kids in the nursery.
- Nana – loyal and devoted dog that acted as a caregiver for the Darling kids.
- Captain Hook – constant enemy of Peter Pan. He was captain of the Jolly Roger and always tried to defeat Peter Pan. He has an extreme fear of crocodiles.
- Mr. Smee – loyal assistant to Captain Hook .
- The Lost Boys
- Tootles – an honest but clumsy kid. He believed Tinker Bell when she told them that Peter wanted them to kill the “Wendy Bird”.
- Nibs – the gay and debonair one out of the group.
- Slightly – the proudest of the boys. He claimed he remembered the days before he was lost.
- Curly – the fickle one. He always needed to present himself to Peter and admit something he may or may not do.
- Twins – as Peter did not know what twins were, these two were vague about themselves. They always kept each other near.
- Tiger Lily– a young Redskin who Peter Pan saved.
- Mrs. Darling loved listening to her children’s stories, but one story in particular disturbed her. They kept mentioning that Peter Pan came through the windows and into the nursery.
- She found their story to be true when she witnessed it herself. Nana bit his shadow, while the boy was escaping.
- However, one night when Nana had to be chained out in the yard because of Mr. Darling’s pride, the children were left alone in the nursery.
- Peter Pan and a fairy came through the window to look for his shadow, but when he found it, he had a hard time sticking it to his body.
- Wendy woke up because of Peter’s cry and helped him. He gave her an acorn button, which he thought was called a kiss.
- He introduced Wendy to fairies and Tinker Bell, who expressed her dislike of Wendy.
- Peter invited Wendy to come with him. Wendy asked if her brothers could go, too. Peter taught them how to fly with the help of fairy dust.
- When they got to Neverland, Peter asked if they were up for an adventure and told them about the pirates and Captain Hook.
- While up in the air, Peter and his company were fired at by a big gun, which caused them to be separated from each other.
- John and Michael found themselves floating in a dark place.
- Meanwhile, Tinker Bell lured Wendy and made her trust the fairy.
- Unbeknownst to her, Tinker Bell had plotted Wendy’s demise. She told the lost boys that Peter wanted them to shoot her with an arrow. They all thought that Wendy was a bird, so they obeyed Peter’s supposed wish.
- When Wendy fell, they discovered that she was a lady and was afraid that they had killed her. They tried to hide her from Peter.
- Peter arrived and told them that he had finally brought them a mother, but then he saw Wendy with an arrow in her heart.
- Luckily, the arrow hit the acorn button he gave her, as she kept it around her neck as a necklace. Peter found out that it was Tinker Bell’s fault, and he told her that she was no longer his friend.
- John and Michael found Peter and Wendy, who was still sleeping.
- Wendy, John, and Michael lived with the lost boys and Peter in a house under a tree where the entrance was exactly their size. Wendy dutifully took on the role of mother to them.
- They later met the mermaids, saved Tiger Lily, and made friends with the Redskins.
- The Darlings found out that Peter and Captain Hook hated each other.
- Captain Hook had an extreme fear of crocodiles, as one of them ate his hand after it was cut off by Peter. He replaced it with a hook.
- One day, as Wendy was telling the Lost Boys about mothers, Peter disagreed with her story, so she and her brothers decided that it was time to go home. Wendy convinced the Lost Boys to come with her.
- She tried to convince Peter, but he declined because going with Wendy would mean he had to grow up. He said his goodbyes and fell asleep.
- The pirates were outside their underground house and had been waiting for them to come out. Wendy, her brothers, and the Lost Boys were captured, tied up, and brought to the Jolly Roger.
- Hook thought that the hole would fit a grown man. He entered to attack Peter, but since he couldn’t fit, he put a dose of poison on Peter’s medicine.
- Tinker Bell woke Peter and told him what happened. He rushed to rescue them but decided to drink his medicine first to please Wendy. Tinker Bell said to him that it was poisoned, but he did not believe her.
- She took the poisoned medicine and drank it. Her light then flickered and was about to die. Peter wished that all children who dreamed of Neverland would clap and say that they believed in fairies. Because of this, Tinker Bell survived, and Peter set out to rescue his friends.
- Wendy was about to be executed when he made the sound of a crocodile. Captain Hook hid in fear and Peter fought against the pirates.
- When it was time for him to fight Captain Hook, Peter Pan lured him into jumping off the side of the ship where the crocodile had been waiting for him.
- Peter flew back to the Darling house ahead of the others and closed the nursery window to make Wendy feel like they had been forgotten.
- However, when he saw Mrs. Darling crying, he changed his mind.
The three children flew into their house and were welcomed happily.
- Mr. and Mrs. Darling then adopted the Lost Boys.
- Peter tried to come back yearly. However, he failed most years, until eventually it was Wendy’s daughter who asked him why he was crying.
THEMES IN PETER PAN
- ETERNAL YOUTH
- “All children, except one, grow up.” Peter Pan refused to grow up. He sacrificed his friendship with Wendy and the companionship of the Lost Boys to remain a child forever.
- In the book, he is the only one who desires to remain a child. Neverland can be a magical place, but it is only Peter who did not grow up.
- Living without responsibilities and having wild adventures has its appeal, but like Peter, sacrifices would have to be made for this to happen.
- At the end of the book, Peter wept when he found out that Wendy had grown up. Fortunately, he had Wendy’s daughter, Jane, to fill her place.
- MOTHERLY LOVE
- Peter and Wendy had opposing views of mothers. Peter hated mothers, as a mother would try to control him and he would always have to bid her wishes. On the other hand, Wendy loved her mother very much.
- Mrs. Darling was the epitome of a mother’s love. She always thought of her children first. She never lost faith that they would come back to her and they would be a family again.
- Wendy became a mother at the end of the book, and Peter visited her for spring cleaning. He was first heartbroken when he saw that she was old and couldn’t fly. Then, Wendy’s daughter lifted his spirits. He proclaimed that he came back to see his mother, and Jane said that he, indeed, needed a mother. “No one knows it so well as I”, Wendy agreed.
- In this book, a lot of impossible was made possible. Flying, mermaids, and fairies are among these impossible things. The characters’ faith made them possible.
- They could fly if they thought of happy thoughts. Fairies were created when a child laughed, and they could be saved from untimely death when somebody said they believed in fairies.
Peter Pan Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the Peter Pan across 23 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Peter Pan worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about Peter Pan who was a famous character who appeared in the book, The Little White Bird, in 1902. The character was first used in a play two years later and became an instant success. Author J.M. Barrie then adapted it as a novel, titled Peter and Wendy, in 1911. The title character, Peter Pan, was famous being “the boy who will never grow up” and for his adventures in Neverland.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Peter Pan Facts
- Barrie’s Life
- Peter and Wendy
- Forever Young
- Nana’s Musings
- Captain Hook
- If I Can Fly
- All Children Grow Up…
- Things on Neverland
- Words from Barrie
- Your Own Neverland
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