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Peter Pan Discussion Questions

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'Peter Pan' is a beloved, enduring children's novel by J.M. Barrie about a young boy who never grows up and lives an adventurous life with no adult supervision. The asset provides classroom discussion questions about this novel.

Peter Pan

J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan is a children's book that has maintained its popularity for more than a century with universal themes of good versus evil, family, friends adventure, and growing up. Students will engage in Peter 's adventures as he is unencumbered by parents or the sense of responsibility that comes with growing older. The following questions may be used to lead elementary class discussions about this novel.

The Darling Nursery

  • How does the author characterize the Darling family? How are the Darlings like your family? How are they different?
  • What is Neverland? Why do you think Neverland is different for every child? How would you describe your Neverland?
  • What are some ways the adult behave like children and the children behave like adults in the Darling family? Why do you think the author chooses to blur the lines between these roles? What are some adult things that you do?
  • Why does Peter Pan visit the Darling nursery? What are Peter Pan and Wendy's first impressions of each other? Why does Peter want Wendy to come to Neverland? Why do you think Wendy agrees to go? Would you have gone if you were Wendy? Why?

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