Literary Devices in Peter Pan
Barrie juxtaposes our ordinary world against the fantastical, playground landscape of Neverland. This vivid imagery demonstrates how Neverland symbolically represents childhood imagination. The text’s fantastical imagery and language creates a sense of wonder or awe in the audience or reader. In the telling of the story, the narrator repeatedly breaks the fourth wall of the novel to talk directly to the reader. This creates a sense of oral storytelling; as if the reader is engaged in conversation with their audience. While the tone throughout the narrative is largely playful, the reader is left with a subtle sense of tragedy at its conclusion.