Peter Pan

In Peter Pan the theme, transcendentalism, is seen through different aspects of the story. Transcendentalism is seen most vividly in the wild boys (Peter Pan and his crew). They all live of the land and are self reliant of themselves and Peter Pan. All the kids in the wild boys ran away from civilized societies and moved to the wild to be young forever. The boys learned an important lesson early on in life that the “greatest skill in life is to want but little” and enjoy your self (Thoreau, Walden). Meaning, the boys learned that material wants and such are not necessary for a happy life. The boys wore the same clothes, made everything they wanted, worked together, and scrimmaged for their own food. The boy’s original reason for going was different for each but after getting there they realized it was for the fun, brotherhood, and “ to front only the essential facts of life”(Thoreau, Walden). The wild boys wanted no responsibilities except to stay alive and to take care of the their fellow wild boys. They also show non-conformism, because they decided to leave and not grow old like everyone else did. The wild boys fight off the conformist (the pirates). The children chose to exile themselves away from their families and past life to live free and in nature with boys like themselves.

The story of Peter Pan was first written by J.M. Barrie and performed as a play in 1904. The story was soon written into a book in 1911, and then the fairytale became wildly popular and was then spread throughout the world. Peter Pan was retold numerously and was eventually made into movies and performed by many, and is now a household name. Peter Pan is the story of Wendy, a young English girl, being taken away from her home to Neverland, and her two brothers’ stories to find her and return her home safely. The stories affect on society is that the story makes people imagine. People imagine what it would be like in Neverland and what it would be like living there. People imagine what it is like to fly and fight pirates. Imagination leaves people wanting more; there are numerous sequels to the story. The story also makes society want to explore what is out there in the wilderness. Maybe you’ll find a fairy or a tree full of slides and bunks. It made society want to explore the unknown.

In Peter Pan the reader learns to be young forever and that your imagination can bring you anywhere. Living “young forever” does not necessarily mean to actually be a kid forever, but to live with the spirits of kids and be light hearted, content, and lively. To think of life as a “big adventure”, and living to the extent of excitement, and never losing the feeling of complete bliss and enjoyment (Barrie, Peter Pan). Besides learning about being young forever the reader/viewer also learns that imagination can bring you anywhere in life. As one of the most notable geniuses ever, Albert Einstein, once said, “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attraction.” Imagination is what keeps peoples time on earth worth living. Without imagination we would have nothing; we would have no art, music, language,, and etc. In Peter Pan everything in Neverland was created from imagination; it was a far off land in the sky. Peter Pan taught us a lot about how to live a happy fulfilling life.
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