Peter Pan is a well-known British play written by James M. Barrie. He wrote it for young children. The play premiered in London in 1904. It has quite a history.
Before it became a play, the character of Peter Pan appeared in yet another Barrie novel. In this first version, Peter lived in London. All the children were half-bird. That was why they could fly.
Barrie continued to refine his novel and add new things. We can see this in the play Peter Pan . One of the most recognizable new elements is the pixie powder used for flying. He had to add this to his story because of the accidents that happened in the city. They had to do with children who thought they could fly.
Barrie took his inspiration from the Kensington Gardens in Hyde Parke. He spent much of his time there. The Llewely Davies family often went there. Their children were the inspiration for the story. They often played in the gardens.
When we travel to London and visit Hyde Park, we find the statue of Peter Pan there. This statue is not there by chance. After all, the author of the play himself placed the statue there in 1912.
It was a gift to the children of London. He had it placed where Peter Pan had landed in the first draft of the play. Barrie also decided to donate the copyrights to the play to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London.
The legacy of Peter Pan is without a doubt endless. There are countless theater versions and film adaptations. In this article, we focus on the most symbolic today. This is Disney’s 1953 adaptation.
Neverland is a remote island. You can only get there by flying through the highest parts of the sky. After that, you must “turn at the second star on your right and then fly all the way to the morning.”
It’s a place where laws don’t exist. The children who inhabit the island have no responsibilities. They spend most of their time playing and having fun.
This island might remind you a bit of Pinocchio’s Amusement Island. In both films, the children who live on the island do not want any responsibility. They don’t want to grow up either.
They are remote places where adults cannot enter and where the children can do as they please. Unlike in Pinocchio’s story, the children who live in Neverland are called the Lost Boys. They are children that no one has claimed.
Magical creatures such as elves and mermaids live on the island, but also Indians and pirates. The more time they spend in Neverland, the harder it is to leave. It is also becoming increasingly difficult to regain their memories and their lives.
You can think of Neverland as an idyllic place where anything is possible. It is a place full of adventures and fun. Yet it is also a pitfall. After all, the children cannot grow up there. They never grow up. As a result, they only have short-term memory.
Wendy: reason and maturity
Wendy lives with her family in London until one night Peter Pan shows up at her house. He takes Wendy and her brothers to Neverland.
At first, Wendy is like the others and enjoys Neverland. She gets excited about being able to fly and visit Neverland. That is why she gives in and begins her journey with Peter.
Peter and the Lost Boys begin to see Wendy as a mother figure. She takes care of them and tells them stories. In Neverland there are no girls. They lack any kind of protection or a maternal figure. That is why Wendy is taking on this role.
Little by little, however, she becomes aware of the importance of growing up for her own development. She will eventually accept it. So she becomes something of a mother to the Lost Boys. She finally convinces herself that she has to grow up.
Wendy is the female character and the opposite of Peter. She is a responsible girl and takes care of her younger brothers. Wendy aspires to become a grown woman. She is rational and complements Peter.
Peter Pan, the boy who didn’t want to grow up
Peter Pan is the main character. He is a boy who lives in Neverland and does not remember anything about his past. Peter is the leader of the Lost Boys. He plays this role because a leader is needed, even in a world without rules. In this case, Peter gets that responsibility.
In addition, Peter is the chosen one to save Neverland. He is always accompanied by the Lost Boys. Tinkerbell also accompanies him. Tinkerbell is a little elf who is very jealous and possessive.
In reality, Peter is a boy who is afraid to grow up. He is afraid to face his problems and grow up. Peter seems very brave when he laughs at Captain Hook. He mocks him and drives him crazy. However, he is not brave enough to face the real world and adulthood.
When he tells the boys that their thoughts will make them fly, it shows his great leadership and strong persuasiveness. He tells them that all they have to do is believe in themselves.
They must believe that it is possible and think happy thoughts. In this way and with the help of the fairy powder they will be able to fly just like Peter.
Flying is closely linked to imagination and freedom. Humanity has apparently always wanted to fly, just like the birds. The reason is that we regard it as something impossible and almost divine.
When we are children, one of our greatest desires is to be able to fly precisely. That is why we also see that Peter, a pure boy who has not been changed by the world of adults, gives free rein to his imagination and flies.
Children’s imagination is really powerful and fascinating. However, it is sometimes curtailed by adult intervention. Therefore, the Lost Boys and Peter Pan have an imagination that is completely unusual. Their imagination has not been changed by any adult for a long time.
Peter Pan has a very charismatic personality. However, he also proves that he is a boy who is too carefree and absent-minded. He even loses his own shadow. The loss of his shadow also reflects a loss of identity. It shows that he has a problem accepting himself. It’s kind of an unfolding of his personality.
Our shadow is like a mirror in which we recognize ourselves. It is something that is connected to us and that belongs to us. However, Peter is constantly losing his shadow. This basically means that he loses himself. Peter hides from his shadow. He can’t control it. This is because he is running away from what scares him most: growing up.
This play has given way to multiple interpretations and an endless supply of versions. It has also been used to name the so-called Peter Pan syndrome. People with this condition do not want to grow up or grow up.
It has also provided a designation for Wendy syndrome. These are people who are obsessed with pleasing others and have a deep-seated fear of rejection. Peter Pan is undoubtedly one of the UK’s most symbolic plays.