[DWJ] Forgettery

Gili Bar-Hillel gbhillel at netvision.net.il
Tue Jan 15 03:47:42 EST 2008

Couldn't resist adding this afterthought: another author who uses memory and
forgetting to devastating effect is J. M. Barrie. He highlights his
tragedies by setting the memories of different characters out of synch.
Peter Pan is most cruel for forgetting other characters: forgetting the
Darling children en route to Neverland, forgetting to come back for Wendy
until after she has grown, forgetting Tinker Bell altogether after she has
died. And in his play "Mary Rose", Barrie portrays a young woman stuck in
time while the world continues to change - she ends up as a ghost, lunging
at her grown son and threatening to kill him for having taken away from her
the infant child that she remembers.

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