The Calm Wendy Bird

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Peter and Wendy written by J.M. Barrie is a classic tale of the adventures of the three young Darling siblings and Peter Pan, a magical boy from Neverland. Although this story originated as a novel, eventually several adaptations were created based on the story, which include Broadway plays, animated movies, television productions and more. Within the epic story of Peter Pan there is Wendy Darling, the eldest child of three, the only daughter of the Darling family and the leading lady in this tale. Wendy’s character begins the story dealing with a confrontation between her parents about growing up and acting her age, which shows that Wendy is not only childish but also restrictive to change, as she is already defensive to growing up. Wendy’s demands to remain with her brothers, and her parents refuse and ignore her demands, showing that Wendy has “no voice” or no control over her situation. This disconnection of communication between her and her parents’ shows there is a potential for her to be a “runaway” and eventually if so, experience “no recourse to anyone” (Franks, “Rural Runaways “ 5) Wendy Darling’s development of maturity is expressed through the realizations of the consequences of her decisions and actions, and the interpretation of that development from text to movie, and text to drama. The development of maturity’s interpretation is transferred differently in adaptations of Peter and Wendy; including the Disney animated movie Peter Pan and the Broadway production of Peter Pan. These two particular adaptations have translated this interpretation differently, specifically because of the medium being used. The Broadway play focuses more towards adults considering that is their target audience, and the Disney ... ... middle of paper ... ...y’s lack to include the appropriate scenario when Wendy arrives in Neverland stunts her emotional progress. The moment where Wendy is shot from the sky is her characters most dramatic scene, and removing the emotions attached to falling from the sky, being unconscious and having a small house built around her takes away from any emotion experienced in that time. Her near death keeps her separated from Tinker Bell as she was found guilty of ordering the boys to kill her. Disney’s adaptation depicts Wendy being conscious and standing up for Tinker Bell when being banished. Therefore, the inclusion of an accurate “Wendy Bird” portrayal is what drives the adaptation towards the appropriate psychological progression experienced by Wendy Darling’s character, as it is the most important moment for Wendy during her adventure with Peter Pan, in the story Peter and Wendy.

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