"Peter Pan" and "Everyman"
A comparative analysis of the themes of loss in J. M. Barrie's "Peter Pan" and the anonymous medieval morality play, "Everyman."
# 59514 | 1,405 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2005 |
Published on Jun 20, 2005 in Literature (Children) , Literature (English) , English (Analysis) , Drama and Theater (General)
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This paper examines how both the narratives of "Peter Pan" and "Everyman" revolve around themes of loss and how the losses in both J.M. Barrie's famous children's tale and the medieval morality allegory are both physical and psychological in their nature. It looks at how the "Everyman" of the medieval loses his physical life and sense of emotional and social security in his friends, family, and his worldly goods. In comparison, it shows how, in Barrie's "Peter Pan," the title character experiences, first, the loss of his shadow, which is temporary, and then loses Wendy, the Lost Boys ,and the other Darling children.
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