The Lost Boys and Girls : Stereotypical Gender Roles in J.M. Barrie’s and Disney’s Peter Pan. 

University essay from Linnéuniversitetet/Institutionen för språk (SPR)

Abstract: This essay discusses how female and male characters are represented in the novel Peter & Wendy by J.M Barrie from 1911 and the Disney version Peter Pan from 1953. Jane Sunderland’s models on social gender are used as a substructure to help clarify how the characters are portrayed as individuals, in relation to other characters and through their own actions and speech acts. The essay shows that there is a major difference in how male characters are portrayed compared to the female characters and that every character of the story lives up to what seems to be socially constructed gender roles. 

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