Analysis of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by James Thurber

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James Thurber, one of America’s best known humorists, is mainly known for “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” The story was first published in 1939 in the New Yorker magazine, for which he worked in, and received much appraise for it. Although Thurber did not receive much education, he had a talent of hiding the themes of his stories, which some critics considered “dark,” underneath the humorous plots. In “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” Thurber uses his comical character and settings, along with other elements of his stories, to fully express his views on society. Even though the story seems humorous, Thurber hides a message: society has become dull. James Grover Thurber was born in Columbus, Ohio on the eighth day of December of 1894 …show more content…
Alongside Althea’s pushing, Thurber continued to work as a writer. He worked as a newspaper reporter in Ohio, France, and New York. In New York, Thurber joined the staff of The New Yorker in 1927 where he worked alongside the well-known children’s author E.B. White. "White's literary skill influenced Thurber's craft" ("The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" 184). Althea and Thurber eventually produced a daughter, but later divorced in May of 1935. Thurber, full of determination, did not stop as a writer. Thurber, after fifteen drafts, published what would be his best work: "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." It was published into The New Yorker in 1939. "Thurber gained high recognition for his work from Williams College and Yale University, which awarded him honorary degrees" ("The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" 184). A couple years later after writing "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," Thurber began to lose his eye vision until he went completely blind. Thurber, depressed by his health and by anticommunist movements occurring at the time, wrote in a more pessimistic until he passed away in 1961. "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" is a short story that revolves around a man named Walter Mitty. As Walter and his wife go on their weekly shopping trip, Walter, throughout the day, slips into day dreams of being a courageous warrior on a plane; a

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