Wendy’s Father

Hello all! Just wanted to provide a brief commentary for the second video featuring scenes from Peter Pan. If you haven’t checked this one out, take a look:

Now some of you may not see anything wrong with the clip. That’s fine. But the question I would like to pose is this: Why do adults desire to be “respected” by their peers and “feared” by children?  It is concerning that Mr. Darling –who is portrayed earlier in the movie as a loving father who has “made many sacrifices for his family –would express this sentiment. It doesn’t seem to make sense for a loving father to state this, simply because it doesn’t make sense to want to instil fear in those one loves. In fact, it seems almost cowardly.

So why do you think this is? Why is it, that adults often feel the need to underline their position of power over children? Do you find this problematic? Why or why not?

-Wilhelmina

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2 Responses to “Wendy’s Father”


  1. 1 daffiepie March 1, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I think that adults desire to be respected by friends and feared by children because they want to be able to have “power” on something that is theirs (do you see the huge problem with that?). Kids aren’t objects nor something that should be controlled, they should be talked to and explained to what is right and wrong. Sometimes parents do this because of their own childhood and other times they might just be disturbed and must control everything their kids do. I find this to be a huge problem because the kids are then scared to do anything or even talk to the parent when a problem arises because they know that they will be controlled or suffer a consequence that the PARENT puts into effect but not the situation. It saddens me because I know many people who are like this! 😦

  2. 2 Joanna March 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    The whole “I must be a man that children fear and people respect” goes back to masculinity in my opinion. Manhood is all about being the head of the household and keeping order. After all, if your kids are running wild, what kind of man are you? a weak and pathetic one who can’t even keep his children in line. So thus a man children fear = a man people respect because manhood/masculinity is all about power and strength. Of course, this is something I disagree with, and this is just my analysis as to why that line was uttered the way it was.


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