ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Archetype of Peter Pan In Its Original Book

Updated on November 28, 2008

 A Lingering Question

Peter Pan has amazed fans for decades with his ability of never growing up. The author of the book, J. M. Barrie, creates for millions of little kids a magical place called Neverland.

With so many of us growing up on the story, one question we’ve struggling to answer is who is the archetype of Peter Pan?

An Once-In-A-Lifetime Novel

We know that J. M. Barrie wrote over forty plays and seven novels during his life, with only one novel written for children. That novel is Peter Pan.

As one will wonder, why in his once-in-a-life-time novel, J. M. Barrie present us with such a character as Peter Pan?

One Possible Answer

The answers may lie in his childhood.

J. M. Barrie was born in 1800 in Kirriemuir, Scottland. When he was seven, his brother--his mom’s favorite child—died. In honor of his dead brother, J.M. Barrie wore his clothes to please his heart-broken mother. J. M. Barrie later went to school, college, and after graduation from the University of Edinburgh, become a freelance writer. Peter Pan was finished in 1902.

His brother’s death might have played a big role in his writing the novel. He probably did this for him. The dead brother might have a lot like Peter Pan, a boy good but not perfect. The setting might have also reminded him of his home. He had said he ‘love Neverland’, and everything there ‘reminded him of his home’.  

Want To Know More About Peter Pan? Buy Yourself The Book!

Peter Pan 100th Anniversary Edition
Peter Pan 100th Anniversary Edition
Peter Pan Illustrated Edition
Peter Pan Illustrated Edition
Peter Pan (Broadway)
Peter Pan (Broadway)

Or You Want To Dress Like Him As Everybody Else Does?

Peter Pan Halloween Costume
Peter Pan Halloween Costume
Wendy Darling Halloween Costume
Wendy Darling Halloween Costume
Captain Hook Halloween Costume
Captain Hook Halloween Costume
Tinkerbell Halloween Costume
Tinkerbell Halloween Costume
Tiger Lilly Halloween Costume
Tiger Lilly Halloween Costume
Neverland Fairy Halloween Costume
Neverland Fairy Halloween Costume

Or You Want To See A Peter Pan Drama On Stage

So How Do You Think Of My Hub?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      The Never Fairy 

      9 years ago

      Or... if you want to read a novel based on Barrie's own idea for more Peter Pan adventure, click my name!


    • profile image


      10 years ago

      Interesting hub.

    • profile image


      10 years ago

      Good hub. I would like to be Peter Pan this Halloween.

    • profile image


      10 years ago

      I wish Peter Pan could bring me to Neverland. Maybe, at least I can realize it at Halloween, dressing like Peter Pan.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)