Peter Pan Analysis

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J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan is a children’s novel about a boy who doesn’t want to grow up. It’s a story of adventure and fantasy. The focus of the story is on a magical place called Neverland where Peter Pan lives with fairies, pirates, and Indians. Children have the power to escape reality by creating an imaginary world with unreal characters. J.M.Barrie uses the character of Peter Pan to show the imagination of childhood, uncertainty and emotional complexity of adolescence, and the effect of mother/child relationship on the journey to maturity.
II. Petr pan represents the spirit of a child and the imagination of childhood.
A. When Wendy askes Peter if he can fly, he says, “when you just think lovely wonderful thoughts and they lift you up in the
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Peter says, “Of all the delectable islands the Neverland is the snuggest and most compact, not large and sprawl, you know, but nicely crammed. When you play at it by day with the chairs and table cloth, it is not the least alarming, but in the two minutes before you go to sleep, it becomes very nearly real that is why they are night lights.” Children are scared of darkness and being surrounded by darkness is similar to being lost. Peter by pretending there is light, he feels protected and safe.
C. Peter says, “No, You see children know such a lot now, they soon don’t believe in ferries, and every time a child says, I don’t believe in fairies, there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead.” Peter believes in ferries and wishes that all children would believe in them like him. I think Tinker Bell is a belief that there is a magical force that will look out for the kids and keep them safe from growing up. If the kids lose their belief, they will leave Neverland; they will grow up and become
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He tells Wendy that he was once like them; he flew off to Neverland thinking that his mother would always leave the window open. “long ago,” he said, “I thought like you that my mother would always keep the window open for me; so I stayed away for moons and moons and moons, and then flew back; but the window was barred, for mother had forgotten all about me, and there was another little boy sleeping in my bed. The closed window, here, represents irresponsibility and a lack of parental nurturing. In order to grow up and mature you need guidance from your parents and since his mom shut the window, he never had that from
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