Surname 1Name:University:Course:Tutor:Date: Mortality Introduction Peter pan is eternally young. He does not change and is timeless. He is always the sameage. He does not grow but on the contrary, he enjoys the wonder of being young fully. Thoughhe was born so long ago, he has by no means had a birthday. He says that ‘’If growing up meansit would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree, I’ll never grow up, never grow up, never growup! Not me’’ (Barrie 67). He believes that ‘’All children, except one, grow up’’ (Barrie 37), andthat is Peter pan. He escaped from being a human being when he was one week old. The playopens in the household of darling family. The Darling family consists of five, Darling, her husband, and their three children. Theylive in Bloomsbury, London. They are somewhat impoverished but they employ a house help,Nana. As the parents prepare to leave for dinner, Nana is putting the youngest of the threechildren to bed. The eldest child is called Wendy; the youngest one is called Michael, and theother John. Peter pan visits the nursery of the darling family and entices Wendy, John andMichael away to Neverland. They all forget home as they enter into a dreamlike existence. Theyeven forget who they were before they arrived at Neverland. Neverland is an imaginary placethat each individual child is lured to away from home.
Surname 2 Thesis Everyone longs for immortality. No one wants to age or die. The problem that we fail tosee is that of changelessness. Peter pan is not about being eternally young but that lack ofpurpose in being that. The problem comes up in being young forever. Though we desire not tochange, we also have an eternal yearning to become something new. This creates a conflict inour desires. We desire the safety that is found only at home but we have a strong urge to runaway from home and never come back. Neverland is not a single idea. Peter pan is neither a boynor a girl but is somewhere between the two. The play itself is meant for both adults andchildren. Peter pan is a story of a dead boy who did not die. For one to completely comprehendPeter pan, we should open the window of imagination and be like him. The other aspect broughtout in the book is the issue of being heartless. Most children are innocent, carefree, self-centeredand heartless. Children portray these characters. In order for one to grow and embrace theimmortality that we desire, we should become better each day. We should learn, grow andchange. Each new day should be better than the previous. Wendy She is the central protagonist in the story. She is pretty and has soft features, blond hairand twinkling eyes. She is proud of being a child and resents adulthood. She resents being anadult through the example given by her father. The father is given to fits of rage. At an early age,she begins to figure out how to avoid growing up. She gets this opportunity when peter pantakes her to Neverland. He tells her to forget everything and follow him to a place where she willnever have to worry about grown up things again. This keeps Wendy wondering ‘’ Never is sucha very long time’’ (Barrie 62) In Neverland, one can remain young forever. The experiences atNeverland only cause her to think more of being an adult. The lost boys who dwell in Neverland
Surname 3and Peter want her to play the role of a mother to them. They want her to carry out domestictasks for them. She begins to accept virtues associated with adulthood. Finally, she accepts thefact that she cannot continue postponing maturity and returns to London. She represents a youngmother figure. She finally captures the interest of Peter pan. Sex roles are clearly portrayed inPeter pan. Peter lures Wendy to Neverland with the intension of making her a mother to himselfand the lost boys. She expects Wendy to tell them stories as her own mother tells to her. Peterwill not accept being the father unless if he is only pretending to be one. Neverland Peter pan, tinker Bell, and the lost boys lived in a fictional world called Neverland. Theadventures occur at Neverland. A group of lost boys pursues various adventures. These involvepirates and fairies. Neverland is the location for the underground home and Wendy’s house. Noteveryone in Neverland ceased to grow, its only Peter Pan who is used metaphorically for eternalchildhood did. Ideally, Neverland is imagined, it is found in the mind mostly of children. It ismostly imagined as an island. Neverland vary from one child to another. For illustration, Johndarlings’ Neverland is a lagoon with lots of flamingos flying over it. Michael darlings’ ‘’had aflamingo with flamingos flying over it’’ (Barrie 107). Adventures in Neverland are not farbetween which shows that it is a compact island. It portrays that in a child’s mind there are noboundaries. Peter pan led the darlings’ siblings to Neverland flying ‘’second star to the right, andstraight on until morning’’ (Barrie 20). Peter created the directions to impress Wendy. The truthis that they arrived at Neverland because it was looking for them. Passage of time in Neverland isportrayed ambiguously. The presence of more suns and moons than those in our world makestime impossible to track. Time becomes of little importance as when you arrive at Neverland.
Surname 4 Personality of Peter pan Peter pan is an exaggerated boastful, careless, selfish boy. He boasts easily and tells ofhow great he is but often the greatness is questionable. He congratulates himself for the successof Wendy reattaching his shadow. He is fearless when it comes to dangerous situations, he has adevil may care attitude. He is ignorant of the danger of death. He is ‘’blissfully unaware of thetragedy of death’’ (Barrie 102). He thinks that ‘’to die will be a very big adventure’’. He oftenflies through open windows at great heights, which also illustrates his attitude towards fear.Psychologically, we can characterize him as having social and sexual problems. He is immatureand a narcissist. His attributes include irresponsibility, rebellion, dependency, manipulatingothers and a crazy belief that he is above everything and everyone. He is an adult little boy whostill yearns for motherly love. He is in either a relationship or seeking one. Conclusion One aspect illustrated in the case of peter pan is the rising cultural attention to thedifference between in adults and children. The story though a century old echoes thesedifferences. Peter returns to Wendy years later and she confirms to him that he is too childish. Heis also childishly self-absorbed to even recognize this. She tells him ‘’I am old Peter; I am everso much more than twenty. I grew up long ago’’. Peter decides to teach her to fly by sprinklingof the fairy dust. Instead, she asks her not to. She says ‘’O Peter, do not waste the fairy dust onme’’ (Barrie 75). This clearly brings out the great difference between children and children.‘’There is a saying in the Neverland that, every time you breathe, a grown-up dies." (Barrie 27)
Surname 5 Work CitedBarrie, Mathew. Peter Pan (100th Anniversary Edition) [Hardcover]. New York, U S: Henry Holt and Co. 2003.