Peter Pan Symbolism

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Throughout the years, many people have come to love J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. This is evident in the fact that there have been multiple renditions of it over the past century. Some of these include stage productions, ballets, and motion pictures. Audiences around the world are fascinated with the mystery and magic involved with Neverland. However, what most people fail to consider, is where the idea for the enchanting storyline developed. Most readers would be surprised to discover that a large portion of the story is inspired by Barrie’s personal life. In fact, the main elements in the storyline of Peter Pan, such as Peter’s inability to grow old, Wendy’s role of being a mother, and the relationships made with the lost boys, are based on the people in …show more content…
He would often accompany Barrie during his walks in the Kensington Gardens. It was during one of these usual walks that George said, “To die will be an awfully big adventure.” Coming from a six year old, this is an extremely deep comment. It is uncertain whether or not he knew the full extent of what he said, but that phrase became one of the most famous quotes in the novel. It can be found on page 107 where Peter can feel his death closely approaching him. He had been injured by the infamous Captain Hook and was stranded on Marooners’ Rock as the tide continued to rise.
Unfortunately Sylvia died of cancer while the boys were still young. Due to this, Barrie became the new guardian of the five boys, and he loved them as if they were his own children. This is where Barrie got the idea of having the Darlings adopting the lost boys at the end of the story. That aspect of the story was already touching to begin with, but knowing that in reality, Barrie was the one who adopted the “lost boys” makes the scene all the more heartwarming.
Neverland suffers from a severe lack of mature functioning men. This is why Peter and the lost boys are in such dire need of a

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