Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Peter Pan, a boy who will not grow up. He runs away on the day of his birth so that he will not have to become a man. He lives in Neverland, home of the fairies, protected by his friends the Indians against his enemy, Captain Hook. He is attracted to the Darling home by the stories the mother tells her children. He persuades the Darling children to visit Neverland and teaches them to fly.
Wendy Darling, an English girl who, with her two brothers, flies off to Neverland for a visit. She mothers Peter Pan and the lost boys, telling them stories at bedtime and tucking them in. After her return home, she goes to Neverland once a year to clean Peter Pan’s house. Each year, as she grows up, she and Peter Pan drift farther apart, until at last he cannot understand her at all.
Captain Hook, a pirate captain in Neverland, named for the hook he has in place of an arm. Jealous of Peter Pan and the lost boys, he and his crew plan to kidnap Wendy so that she will be their mother. He succeeds in capturing the girl, but Peter Pan saves her. Frustrated, the captain throws himself overboard and is eaten by a crocodile who, having earlier tasted the captain’s arm, waits patiently for the rest of his victim.
Tinker Bell, a fairy in love with Peter Pan. A jealous creature, she resents Wendy, who is obviously Peter Pan’s...
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Mr. George Darling
Mr. Darling is married to Mary Darling and is the father of the Darling children. A childish man, he is rather brusque to his children and Nana. Mr. Darling tries to trick Michael into taking his medicine by not taking his own. He also insists on tying up Nana outside which leads to Peter Pan taking the children to Never Land. Mr. Darling does pay the price in the end: he is forced to live in Nana’s kennel while the children are missing. He is remorseful for his actions and is happy when they return.
John is the middle Darling child. When Peter Pan opens, he does not like girls nor does he want to bathe. He plays house with his sister Wendy and only responds positively when she announces their child is a boy. When Peter comes, John is excited to learn to fly and go to Never Land to fight pirates. Still, he is the first to want to go home when Wendy tells her story about their parents. John has a sense of pride about his heritage. He refuses to be a pirate when he learns he would have denounce the British king.
Mrs. Mary Darling
Mrs. Darling is the loving mother of the Darling children. Where her husband loses his temper, she is patient and kind with both George and the children. Mrs. Darling is the first to have noticed Peter Pan’s face in the window and fears for her children’s safety. She is devastated when her worst fears are confirmed...
(The entire section is 1159 words.)