Analyzing 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty'

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Analyzing “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”
“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is an extraordinary short story written by James Thurber in 1939. While no one is sure why Thurber wrote this fun and exciting short story, but the way he portrayed a guy who does not fit in with the world, and how he finds his happy place by dreaming grabs reader’s attention. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber, is a great way for the reader to escape life the same way Walter did.
During James Thurber’s life he became an outstanding writer, not because had to but because it was what he loved to do. When Thurber was younger, he was shot in the eye with a bow and arrow, so it impaired his vision (“Moose”). This made him not be able to enjoy activities that normal kids do, which made him interested in reading
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In the story you get to switch between scenes that Walter dreams and also real life. For instance, in the story, it starts off as Walter dreams he’s a commander on a navy ship, but he soon comes back into reality where he is driving his wife around. The main characters in the story are Walter Mitty and his wife Mrs. Mitty. These are the characters the reader gets to see their thoughts and actions. During the story you really get to see the struggles that Walter faces as he goes through his day. One of the biggest conflicts Walter deals with in everyday life is his wife. His wife treats him like a kid throughout the story. For instance, in the story she gets out of the car she immediately said “Why don’t you wear your gloves? Have you lost your gloves?”(Walter Mitty 2) She constantly nags at him, and always acts like he can’t do anything his self. The climax and also the resolution of the story ended with Mitty smoking a cigarette standing in front of the firing squad. This was the way Walter thought someone like Walter Mitty should end (Walter Mitty

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