Walter Mitty Illusionism

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The Hidden Meaning of the Life of Walter Mitty The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a short story, published on March 18, 1939 by author James Thurber. Thurber is an accomplished author, and illusionist who used humor to help Americans get through some of the very depressing times in history. With his most notable story being The Secret life of Walter Mitty, which still influences writers today. The Secret life of Walter Mitty is a story that follows a man named Walter thought his day. As the story goes on the readers are shown that he has extremely vivid daydreams that transport him deep inside his mind, on various adventures. During which he commands army’s, saves lives, and is put on trial for murder. During each dream he is rudely shocked back to reality until the next on is triggered. To me Walter is using theses Daydreams as an escape from his life. While doing so he is coping with different stressful events in his real life. A common theme of the story is how the characters that interact with Walter are talking down to him. An example would be from the criticism of Koprince, Susan, ““When Mitty lingers at a green light a police man yells at him; when he park his car properly, a parking lot attendant treats him with cokey disdain”.(319)”(2). By Thurber choosing to add in these interactions it brings to my attention that Walter gets no respect in his everyday life. Due to this he channels the anger into energy for his dreams. Once there he becomes a man who takes lip from no one. To me it’s how he gets through the day for without the dreams he would go crazy. However, in criticism a criticism written by, he chooses to point out that ““Walter Mitty's discomfort with the new age is reflected most visibly in the clumsiness w... ... middle of paper ... ...of the adventures that he goes on throughout the day. As the story progress he seems to favor his time in the Dreams rather that of real life. Falling deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole until there is a minor difference between the real world and the one deep in his mind Works Cited Koprince, Susan. "The Secret Life of Willy Loman: A Miller-Thurber Connection." The Midwest Quarterly, no. 4, 2012, p. 317. EBSCOhost, proxy.kennesaw.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.297138805&site=eds-live&scope=site. Kaufman, Anthony. "'Things Close In': Dissolution and Misanthropy in 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.'." Studies in American Fiction, no. 1, 1994, p. 93. EBSCOhost, proxy.kennesaw.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.15780146&site=eds-live&scope=site.

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