The movie, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

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To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life”.- Walter Mitty (Movie). Life is about finding yourself, each other, and being true to one’s self. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is an extremely original and creative story written by James Thurber. The movie, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, starring Ben Stiller, conveys a daydreamer escaping his typical life by disappearing into a realm of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. In both the movie and the book, the title character retreats into fantasy as an escape from his mundane reality because in the real world, he is ordinary, insecure, and passive. In the short story, Walter…show more content…
A good example of this happening is when Walter for example, “But she would remember it. “Where’s the what’s-its-name?” she would ask. “Don’t tell me you forgot the what’s-its-name.” A newsboy went by shouting something about the Waterbury trial.” (Thurber). Walter proceeds to playing defendant in his daydream. Him acting out this role demonstrated to us that he was very guilty for forgetting what his wife asked him to get at the store. The transitions happen in a matter of a few words. This causes surprise and excitement in the reader unlike in the movie. In the movie, you can see that Walter is going to have a daydream because he seems to be getting hazy and the visual effects cause a foreshadowing type effect. You can also easily figure out what the dream will be about will be about. For example in the movie, as Walter is on the phone with an eHarmony consultant, the consultant asks him “What interesting things have you done?” in which Walter puts down the phone, the camera zooms in on his eyes, he runs, jumps off a tower into a building where he is saving a kitten from a burning building (Stiller). There is this stark contrast where in the movie one can tell that Walter is going to have his daydream, while in the book it surprises you. Moreover, the biggest contrast of all that separates the movie and the book is that in the book, Walter is constantly shifting into his dreams, which symbolize his wife, while in the movie he actively pursues finding

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