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7 Shocking Facts About Peter Pan

Updated on May 29, 2016
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Madelyn is a writer from Texas who is in love with fantasy worlds. You can usually find her in bookstores browsing the Young Adult section.

1. Peter Pan killed the Lost Boys when they grew too old

Kids will be kids.... right? Peter Pan rules his Lost Boys harsher than one would expect if you were to just see the Disney movie. Along with making sure they stay the right size to fit into their trees--otherwise having to "adjust" them to make them fit--Peter also kills off the Lost Boys who show any signs of growing up.

"The boys on the island vary, of course, in numbers, according as they get killed and so on; and when they seem to be growing up, which is against the rules, Peter thins them out;"-Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie

2. Peter still has all of his baby teeth

Not only has Peter Pan avoided maturing mentally, but physically as well.


"I can suppose only that, like Mrs. Darling and the rest of them, she was  melted because he had all his first teeth."
"I can suppose only that, like Mrs. Darling and the rest of them, she was melted because he had all his first teeth." | Source

3. Wendy Quizzed the Lost Boys on their Parents

While in Neverland, Wendy made up quizzes for her brothers and the Lost Boys in an effort to help them remember their parents.

"The other boys thought this awfully interesting, and insisted on joining..."
"The other boys thought this awfully interesting, and insisted on joining..."

4. Peter Pan Guides Children to the Afterlife


There are theories upon theories about Peter Pan and Neverland being symbols of the Afterlife, and some people believe Peter represents J.M. Barrie's younger brother who died in their youth. Though we might never know for sure, the author did leave this little hint:

"At first Mrs. Darling did not know, but after thinking back into her childhood she just remembered a Peter Pan who was said to live with the fairies. There were odd stories about him, as that when children died he went part of the way with them, so that they should not be frightened."

"In the bitterness of his remorse he swore that he would never leave the kennel until his children came back."
"In the bitterness of his remorse he swore that he would never leave the kennel until his children came back."

5. Mr. Darling slept in a kennel


Yep! From work to home and back again, Mr. Darling lived in a kennel ever since his children left, as punishment for having locked Nana up the night they were taken so that she was unable to protect them. He became quite famous, too, with people following him around and clapping once they found out why he was doing it.


6. Little Michael is a Murderer

The most innocent-looking of all is not so innocent anymore after his trip to the Neverland. He takes a page from Peter's book and ends up killing a pirate.

"She praised them equally, and shuddered delightfully when Michael showed her the place where he had killed one."
"She praised them equally, and shuddered delightfully when Michael showed her the place where he had killed one."

7. Spoiler: Tinker Bell Dies

Poor Tinker Bell. Despite her misgivings, she wasn't all bad. Well, not all the time. Of course, she doesn't die in the story, but rather is mentioned as an after thought after Peter brings back Wendy and her brothers.

"I expect he was right, for fairies don't live long, but they are so little that a short time seems a good while to them."
"I expect he was right, for fairies don't live long, but they are so little that a short time seems a good while to them."

Conclusion

All in all, the story of Peter Pan, or Peter and Wendy, is not all innocent adventures and pretty mermaids. Ruthless kids, mentions of fairy orgies, and allusions to death litter the entire novel. It's a book that children can enjoy peacefully if they don't notice borderline evil deeds of a child who refuses to grow up and take responsibility, and the sadness of the fact that he can't remember his mother and cries in his sleep because of it.


"Next moment he was standing erect on the rock again, with that smile on his face and a drum beating within him. It was saying, 'To die will be an awfully big adventure.'"-Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie

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