Fairy tales – Peter Pan
Fairytales are stories that have not happened. They are often stories with talking and singing animals that can do all kinds of things that do not exist in real life. Furthermore, there is often a meaning behind every fairy tale. I’m going to find out in these articles.
History of Peter Pan
Somewhere in the 19th century the fairytale will be over Peter Pan written down for the first time. As far back as 1904 there was a play about this boy called “Peter Pan, or the boy who would not grow up.” This piece was first published in 1928. The funny thing about Peter Pan’s story is that the colloquial English language has a lot of expressions that come from Peter Pan’s story. For decades well-known artists have illustrated the book, and in 1953 the Walt Disney film made the work even more famous among the people. A few years ago, in 2002, the film ‘Returning to Neverland’ was released, an elaboration of the well-known fairy tale.
The fairytale in short
Every night, Wendy Darling tells exciting stories to her brothers, who hang on her every word just before bedtime. But they always thought these stories couldn’t become reality. Yet the children unexpectedly become heroes themselves when Peter Pan flies into their room and takes them across the rooftops of the night to a magical Neverland. In this way the brothers step, together with Wendy, into a life without rules and nagging parents. In this story they experience fantastic adventures, but also many moments of fear, when they meet Hook and his bloodthirsty pirates.
Nice about this fairy tale
The funny thing about Peter Pan’s story is that the colloquial English language has a lot of expressions that come from Peter Pan’s story.
Peter Pan syndrome
They know the term in psychology Peter Pan syndrome. It is an informal term and work first used by Doctor Dan Kiley in the book “the Peter Pan Syndrome.” The book is about the fact that some men continue to act pubescent, immature and narcissistic at a later age and are afraid to commit. They also often behave unreliable, rebellious, covert and manipulative. Doctor Kiley described this in his book as a deep-rooted desire to (continue to) be a mother.
The Peter Pan syndrome is actually named after the Peter Pan from the fairy tale. When Dr. Kiley published his book, many people found the syndrome very recognizable and seen as a phenomenon caused by the subordinate role of the woman. Others argued with them because they believed that this syndrome would arise because women naturally exhibit maternal behavior and thus promote dependence on men. For example, heated discussions arose based on this book.
The Wendy dilemma
But it didn’t stop there, in 1984 Dr. Kiley published another book, “The Wendy Dilemma,” named after another main character in Peter Pan, his girlfriend Wendy. This book describes how people can deal with the female role. A woman in a relationship with a dependent husband often plays the role of a mother unconsciously and is overprotective and possessive, hoping to maintain the relationship with her husband.
The only question is what is cause and what is effect. Do men become dependent by mothering women and then women become possessive or are some men actually naturally dependent, stimulating their wives’ maternal feelings …?