This story focuses on the repetition in Peter's life that could be applicable on several levels to many people. His days a just a series of motions and this may encourage Peter to create a fantasy world in order to escape. A type of fantasy is an escape for Peter but, as shown by McEwan's other stories, Peter is no typical 10-year-old.
[...] Heaven is where the good people go and eat cookies all day. Hell is the hot place where the bad people have to stay and there are no firefighters to save them.” Peter considers what a heaven or hell would be like and decides to find out. He thinks back to Sally Sunbridles advice and wonders how she knows all these things. He first decided to rename them because these names seem to have too much seriousness in them. Blue house for heaven and yellow place for hell seem fitting because these were his two favorite colors and they gave no bias impressions. [...]
[...] The daydreamer essay When Peter woke up in the morning, he always kept his eyes clothes until he had answered two questions. They always came in the same order. Question one: Who am Oh yes, Peter, aged ten and a half. Then still with his eyes closed question two: What day of the week is it? Friday of course, another school day. On this particular Friday, Peter contemplates a third, out of routine, yet necessary question, Am I alive? He then gets up, and performs his normal morning routine. [...]
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