James Thurber's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Essay

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Escaping Reality In James Thurber’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” Walter Mitty faces the every day challenges of the real world. Thurber uses surreal dreams to allow Walter Mitty to escape these challenges. The main two characters are Mr. and Mrs. Mitty. Mr.Mitty finds himself in the middle of action packed dreams until someone or something brings him back to reality. Walter Mitty escapes through his fantasies because he lacks the strength to face reality and the courage to express his real feelings and opinions. Walter Mitty uses his fantasies to avoid his wife. Ferguson points out that Mr.Mitty’s dreams usually occur during or after one of his dreams(433). Walter falls into his dreams to escape his wife even though sometimes he …show more content…
Escaping Reality In James Thurber’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” Walter Mitty faces the every day challenges of the real world. Thurber uses surreal dreams to allow Walter Mitty to escape these challenges. The main two characters are Mr. and Mrs. Mitty. Mr.Mitty finds himself in the middle of action packed dreams until someone or something brings him back to reality. Walter Mitty escapes through his fantasies because he lacks the strength to face reality and the courage to express his real feelings and opinions. Walter Mitty uses his fantasies to avoid his wife. Ferguson points out that Mr.Mitty’s dreams usually occur during or after one of his dreams(433). Walter falls into his dreams to escape his wife even though sometimes he does not realize it. Ferguson further explains Walters flaws by explaining how he is to weak to stand up to his wife; therefore, using his dreams to escape his life with her(433). Walters wife is an obstacle that he learns to overcome with his dreams. Walters dreams allow him to avoid running errands with his wife. In “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, Walter escapes the errand running with his wife by taking a drag of a cigarette and slowly falling into one of his fantasies(Thurber 47). This shows us that Walter could care less about running errands with his wife and uses his dream to get away. Walter is happier in his dreams than he would be running errands with his wife. Critics label Mrs. Mitty as a scape-goat which allows Walter to
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