Never Leaving Neverland: A New Look at Peter Pan and Eternal Youth

Racism plays a large role in Peter Pan. The Native Americans are often called redskins. The lost boys set off to find the redskins and they in turn are captured. The red skins are portrayed as the bad guys in the situation. The lost boys seem to be doing the right thing by trying to confront the redskins and the redskins overreact. They threaten to burn the lost boys at the stake. McCarthy analyzes this situation and comes up with this view, “his depictions of indigenous characters repeatedly describe the 'savage' behavior of an apparently war-bent tribe out to kill small white children (the Lost Boys)” (McCarthy 1). Tiger Lily is the Native American princess and she is contrasted with Wendy. Wendy, even though a woman, seems to stand stronger than Tiger Lily, who does not have many lines and cannot save herself. Based on the philosophy in Peter Pan, racism is an accepted thing and people of different skin colors are viewed as not as human as white people. The fact that they are portrayed as savages demonstrates that they are less than the white people in the play. This philosophy can be seen in today’s culture. Law enforcement often racially profile minorities. This is very similar to the situation with the redskins and the lost boys. The redskins are seen as the bad guys because of their skin and minorities are seen as the bad guys to the police because of the color of their skin. Even though segregation has come a long way, racism still has not been eradicated from the world.

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