Chapter

Come Fly with Me

Daniel M. Ogilvie

in Fantasies of Flight

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195157468
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199894024 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157468.003.0001
Come Fly with Me

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This chapter outlines the purpose of the book, which is to show that there are many different forms for expressing the urge to fly. Special attention is given to stories whose main character(s) are endowed with the ability to fly, such as Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. On the basis of strategies for interpreting stories in the context of major underlying concerns of their creators, it is argued that Peter Pan was partly crafted as a means for granting outward expression to some of the internal needs of the author who brought him into existence. Evidence is presented to support this assumption and thereby gain a foothold on decoding the meaning of flying fantasies. The ideas that emerge from considering the life of Barrie are then be extended to the study of the lives of others for whom various forms of flight were of special appeal. This exploration will lead to a deeper understanding of Carl Jung's vision of himself in space, Marc Chagall's striking canvases of levitated figures, and Marshall Herff Applewhite's tragically enacted fantasy of himself and his Heaven's Gate followers being lifted from Earth by a comet. The book will also consider the lives of less well-known figures, for example, a boy who devoted several years to the project of creating a flying machine, a man who flew in a lawn chair with weather balloons fastened to it, and a murderer awaiting execution who regularly dreamt of being rescued by a bird and taken to heaven.

Keywords: flying dreams; flying fantasies; flight; Peter pan; J. M. Barrie

Chapter.  2934 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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