Boys Who Won’t Be Men

PPJ.M. Barrie’s famous play, Peter Pan, depicts a protagonist who is a young boy who refuses to grow up.  Barrie’s inspiration was his brother, who died in childhood, and remained a child in his mother’s mind forever.  While the whimsical idea of eternal childhood has a charm, and it is enjoyable to escape to that imaginary world for the length of an afternoon play or film, virtually all men through the ages have reached a point between their 13th and 18th year where they desire to leave childish things behind.

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