What does Peter and Wendy's nursery have in common with Peter Pan's Neverland?
The nursery in "The Veldt" and Neverland in Peter Pan share some obvious characteristics. For one thing, they both represent places where the imagination can run free, without the need for adult rules. They both are places where the children -- specifically, boys named "Peter" -- are in charge. They both are places where fantasies are made real, and where children triumph over adults -- Peter Pan over Capt. Hook, and Peter Hadley over his parents. Both the nursery and Neverland are places of adventure and, to an extent, of wildness or the wilderness, lions and crocodiles. Both places represent, either figuratively (in Peter Pan) or literally (in "The Veldt") the connection between desire and fantasy. In each case the fantasy is the triumph of innocence over maturity, of escaping from the inevitability of growing up. In "The Veldt" Peter says that all he wants to do "look, listen and smell" -- by the end of the story, he has managed to do just that.
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