Essay on The On The Constituents Of Reality

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Determining the constituents of reality is arguable the genesis of a prevailing acquiescence within society, and this manifests largely as either blind conformity or wistful ignorance. J.M Barrie and The Wachowski Brothers, authors of Peter Pan and The Matrix, respectively, consider how the obvious dichotomy between reality and fantasy in the two texts acts as a metaphor for society and their ability to choose preferential ignorance in times of strife. This idea is extended to incorporate the distinction between one’s enemy and one’s self and how the line between each identity is permeable.
Both Barrie and the Wachowski brothers employ extended metaphors to elucidate human behaviours in certain situations. In Peter Pan, Barrie considers Neverland as a representation of a form of afterlife with the protagonist, Peter, acting as a pychopomp: historically an entity that escorts souls into the afterlife. This is supported in the thought made by Mrs. Darling in Chapter One where, “she just remembered a Peter Pan who was said to live with the fairies…when children died he went part of the way with them, so that they should not be frightened.” In this way, Neverland acts as a platform between life and death in which sick children make the journey to the magical realm of Neverland. If they stay-death-, they remain eternally young, representing the idea of limbus puerorum; where children die before they can accept the responsibilities of adulthood. However, if they choose to return…

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