How does Wendy feel about growing older? Cite at least two pieces of evidence from the text in your response.

Although Wendy enjoys the carefree joy of childhood, she accepts growing up as her inevitable fate in Peter Pan. She has already begun experiencing the responsibilities of motherhood through helping her own mother raise her siblings and pretending to be a mother when playing make-believe with Peter. Wendy knows that growing up is an inherent part of life and understands the responsibilities that come with it.

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Not surprisingly, Wendy is of two minds about getting older. First, unlike Peter, she recognizes that getting older is just a natural element of the human condition and every person must face it, with the exception of the lost boys. She also feels a greater sense of inherent responsibility than Peter does, even when they are both children. That is one reason that Peter wants Wendy to come with him to Neverland; in order to care for him and the lost boys. When she first meets Peter, she asks his age and his reply surprises her. He says,

“I don't know,” he replied uneasily, “but I am quite young.” He really knew nothing about it, he had merely suspicions, but he said at a venture, “Wendy, I ran away the day I was born…

“It was because I heard father and mother,” he explained in a low voice, “talking about what I was to be when I became a man.” He was extraordinarily agitated now. “I don't want ever to be a man,” he said with passion. “I want always to be a little...

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