Neverland

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Yes! The Never Never Neverland from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie! It was definitely the place where I wanted to explore when I was young.

But where is Neverland? (Let’s pretend we believe it really exists)  That’s the answer I have always wanted to know, and I just find out that even the author himself didn’t know the exact location. In Barrie’s original tale, the name for the real world is the “Mainland”, which suggests Neverland is a small physical island offshore of Britain, and its tropical depiction suggests far offshore. It is reached by flight, and Peter gives its location as being ” second to the right, and straight on till morning”. In the novel, it is stated that Peter made up these directions to impress Wendy and that they found the island only because it was “out looking for them”. Barrie also writes that it is near the “stars of the milky way” and it is reached “always at the time of sunrise”, so it could be in the sky or in space.

Walt Disney’s 1953 version Peter Pan presents this possibility, adding “star” to Peter’s directions: “second star to the right, and straight on till morning” and from afar, these stars depict Neverland in the distance. The 2003 film version echoes this representation, as the Darling children are flown through the solar system to reach Neverland. And that is the modern vision of where this magical island locates.

On the island, besides the boys, there are pirates, mermaids, Native Americans, and different kinds of animals. Thinking about spending a great winter holiday there? Well, unless you are lucky enough to find a fairy, I would suggest you to become an astronaut, so you can fly through the solar system!

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neverland

 

 

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3 Responses to Neverland

  1. wcturgeon says:

    I have always loved this story. Partly because James Barrie made up the name that is mine. But also because it says something about childhood, imagination, and the adult world. I saw the TV version back in the distant past and that has always been my image of this story, less so the Disney version. This makes me wonder how the Disney versions of stories compare with the originals and what changes made for the cartoon version mean.

  2. Angela says:

    Very interesting to think about where fairy tales are taking place, even if it is in imaginary places. After prom this year we went to see Finding Neverland on Broadway and it basically told the story of how Peter Pan was written and how it was based on a family James Barrie got to know.

  3. Emily Virga says:

    This was one of my favorite stories when I was younger too and it still is actually. It’s very interesting to think about where the island would be if it really existed.

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