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Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

             Barrie argues the movement of childhood into adulthood in a fictional story about a young immortal boy who comes in the night to take children to a place called Neverland, where rules do not exist or parents reside. The story defines the idea of growing up and the struggles kids face trying to cope with imagination and dreams. Growing up seems fun when you are younger or in your teens. The idea of living by yourself and being on your own sounds so much better than living with parents who constantly tell you what to do and how to do it. But the story explains more than just having "freedom." It suggests the opposite, rather than explaining how fun it would be to become an adult, it explains how terrifying the reality of real life reveals itself. Life changes and so does a child's imagination as he or she grows older, all the things he/she may have wished for at a younger age are things that will soon be forgotten in the blink of an eye. Neverland being this imaginary place all kids dream of, a place where there are no rules and freedom to run around wherever they please grasps the imagination of a child. Showing how in detail one can come up with something that is not real but believable and desirable. Peter, the fairy Tinker bell, the lost boys and other mystical creatures such as mermaids exist on this imaginary island. This also contributes to growth, as a child, mythical creatures seem so real but at some point in life views change and these creatures no longer exist. .
             Wendy and her brothers grow up with the stories of Peter Pan, his adventures and attitude towards no responsibility in his life. These stories fuel their thoughts like all child stories, the ability to do something without permission fascinates a persons mind. This sparks the idea of reality. After exploring the world and learning it shifts a child's mind from what can be done to it will be done but without as much imagination in the mind of a child.

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