The dust of Peter Pan
Posted On April 21, 2018
A new point of view: the dust
What we always have seen in Peter
Peter Pan is the simple guy from our infancy which, as Barrie the creator stated “never grow”. For more than one century we used him as a metaphor for all the modern fears and to explain the “never grow” desire, alias fear of death. Peter, with his strong attitude, his fearless and also his phrase “To die will be an awfully big adventure” is not quite a reflexion of the fat lazy TV watcher in which we all are going to be transformed one day or another. Peter Pan is a strong character, created by his writer apparently mostly for family reason.
So… What else?
And this is what we already know. What if all this extravagant character wasn’t the core of all our idea? Ok, let’s start from his skills. He knows how to fight with sword as a master. We don’t know exactly how, but we know it’s true. Enough to beat the scary Hook, though. He’s apparently full of leadership till the point of his hat. We don’t know if he’s beautiful or not, Barrie didn’t quite care about it. What we know is that everyone follow him ’cause he’s strong and full of ideas, with a captivating personality. Let’s focus on the last important skills of this forever young sort of Robin Hood.
Dust but not least!
Yes, the dust. We know he’s able to fly, and he’s able to fly ’cause he has the incredible magic fairy dust. In my imagination I always thought that this dust has always been there, it’s a fact, something I took for granted. Then I discovered this phrase:
…after the first production I had to add something to the play at the request of parents (who thus showed that they thought me the responsible person) about no one being able to fly until the fairy dust had been blown on him; so many children having gone home and tried it from their beds and needed surgical attention.
So many children went home and tried to fly? That phrase change completely the sense of Peter Pan for me. Barrie wanted to save children creating a magic Dust which makes everyone else exactly as Peter (ok, no sword skills and leadership, hard to achieve too, though). What does it mean for me? It means we all can aspire to be different? That we can change our life? That the idiotic running of our lives could be stopped by some imaginative formulae, that makes all of our intimate dreams come true? No, not quite.
…to be continued