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James Thurber's The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

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Reality Vs. FantasyThesis: Thurber shows that Mitty's daydreams are quite different from his real personality; he is adventurous in his day dreams but extremely dependent in reality; he is a leader in fantasies and a milktoast in reality; he is confident in dreams, but he has no confidence in reality.I. Walter Mitty chooses to create his fantasies into situations that merely would not occur at any point in his life or become a reality that he would be familiar with.a. Walter Mitty dreams of an adventurous lifestyle because obviously he lacks of adventure in his own life.b. Being an independent leader in his fantasies, Walter Mitty is really a hen pecked husband in reality.c. Lacking ...view middle of the document...

I wish you'd let Dr. Renshaw look you over." (Thurber 73)IV. Lacking confidence in his life, Walter Mitty is a befuddled husband who must depend on his wife's organizing his life leaving him to daydream about being a confident leader in unrealistic situations that would never occur at any point in his life.1. "Remember to get those overshoes while I'm having my hair done," she said. (Thurber 73)2. In a way he hated these weekly trips to town--he was always getting something wrong. (Thurber 74)3. When he came out into the street again, with the overshoes in a box under his arm, Walter Mitty began to wonder what the other thing his wife had told him to get. (Thurber 74)V. In James Thurber's "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty", the daydreams are an element to help Mr. Mitty fulfill his wildest desires without ever actually acting upon them.Candice Marie BenavidesReality Vs. FantasyJames Thurber's The Secret Life Of Walter MittyEnglish 1301 M 6:00-8:45Miss Marjorie HuffNovember 10, 2003Reality Vs. FantasyThurber shows that Mitty's daydreams are quite different from his real personality; he is adventurous in his day dreams but extremely dependent in reality; he is a leader in fantasies and a milktoast in reality; he is confident in dreams, but he has no confidence in reality. Walter Mitty chooses to create his fantasies into situations that merely would not occur at any point in his life or become a reality that he would be familiar with. Walter Mitty dreams of an adventurous lifestyle because obviously he lacks of adventure in his own life. Being an independent leader in his fantasies, Walter Mitty is really a hen pecked husband in the reality that is his life. Lacking confidence in his life, Walter Mitty is a befuddled husband who must depend on his wife's organizing his life leaving him to daydream about being a confident leader in unrealistic situations that would never occur at any point in his life.Walter Mitty dreams of an adventurous lifestyle because obviously he lacks of adventure in his own life. Walter Mitty drove on toward in silence, the roaring of the SN202 through the worst storm in twenty years of Navy flying fading in the remote, intimate airways of his mind. (Thurber 73) The reader can conclude that twenty years of flying for the Navy does not seem to be likely to be appear in any point of Mr. Mitty's life. A woman's scream rose above the bedlam and suddenly a lovely, dark haired girl was in Walter Mitty's arms. The only woman it would seem to the reader that would appear to ever had been a part of his life is Mrs. Mitty.(Thurber 74) Then, with that faint, fleeting smile playing about his lips, he faced the firing squad; erect and motionless, proud and disdainful, Walter Mitty the Undefeated, inscrutable to the last. (Thurber 75) From...

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