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Compare and contrast the standardized dramatic text of Peter Pan (1928) with any of the novelizations of the Peter Pan story that Barrie wrote. How do the demands of the different literary forms affect the basic plot?

Research societal attitudes towards women and motherhood in turn-of-the-century England. How do these attitudes compare with the depictions of women in Peter Pan?

The rights to Peter Pan have been owned by Disney for a number of years. Research how the character and the story have been modified, particularly in reference to Disney’s immensely popular animated adaptation, since the debut of the stage play in 1904.

Compare and contrast the character of Wendy Darling in Peter Pan with Alice in Lewis Carroll’s children’s fantasy book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. How are their experiences in a fantastic land similar? Different? How does the fact that these characters are female affect their fantastic experiences?

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