The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty Analysis

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Roles of the community and the identity of Walter Mitty in “The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty” Many people sometimes imagine themselves as someone they really are not or give themselves characteristics that they do not posses in actuality. James Thurber used this theme of imagination to create Walter Mitty in “The Secret Life of Walter MItty”. He is characterized as a dull, restrained man, which is why he daydreams. James Thurber develops the identity of Walter MItty by using characterization, symbolism, and themes, additionally, the author uses Walter Mitty’s daydreams in order to illustrate the protagonist's point of view throughout the story. James Thurber uses many symbols in the short story that contribute to the establishment of Walter Mitty’s identity. ”The fantasy of changing from an ordinary, even boring, "regular person" into some sort of superhero is a staple of pop culture. In comic books, Clark Kent suddenly becomes Superman; Peter Parker mysteriously transforms into Spider Man; weak Steve Rogers becomes the indestructible Captain America, and so on. “ (Ellis). In the short story Walter Mitty is portrayed as man that consistently daydreams about being someone he isn’t. In his daydreams he makes himself heroic because that is a characteristic he does not possess. Clark Kent, Peter Parker, and Steve Rogers are great examples that Ellis used. These three examples somewhat experience the life Walter Mitty lives because they are such boring people in their normal lives, but they later transform into this more astonishing figure with powers. Unfortunately, Walter Mitty’s “powers” only exist in his stupor. Another symbol that is used in the short story are the gloves and overshoes that his wife demands him to wear. “He p... ... middle of paper ... ...ization was presented by describing Walter MItty as a fearful man that daydreams to escape reality. Works Cited Ellis, Robert P. "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." Web. 30 October 2017. (-- removed HTML --) . Heller, Terry. "James Thurber." Web. 27 October 2017. (-- removed HTML --) . Koprince, Susan. "The Secret Life of Willy Loman: a Miller-Thurber Connection." 2012/06/22. Student Resources in Context. Monroe High School, Monroe, NC. Web. 2 November 2017. . Evans, Robert C. "Film Adaptations: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)." Web. 2 November 2017. (-- removed HTML --) .
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