Broken Fragments of Immortality: Why People Will Always Love Peter Pan
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I wrote this paper for the senior Theater seminar, a two-semester long project where senior Theater majors choose, study and produce a show. We chose J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan, and I focused my research paper around the psychological foundations of the show, specifically the importance of fairy tales in children's development. I was, and continue to be, struck by the general feeling that Peter Pan is purely a happy, fantastical piece. It is not. After a year of studying the play, Barrie, the characters, and the history of all the above, I have grown to appreciate Peter Pan in a way I never would have otherwise. I also feel that I know Peter more intimately than most, and I hope to share my insight with you via this paper, which is, I must stress, only a tiny chip into what could be a very extensive argument. I do wish to say that although my paper talks mainly about the dark sides of Peter, I think he is a crucial figure and that I love the show for what it is, good and bad aspects aside.