Themes of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber

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James Thurber is the author of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. He feels inferior to his wife throughout his marriage. He learns to express these feelings through writing short stories and illustrating cartoons. This is a way for him to escape his everyday life with his wife. Critics have acknowledged Mitty motif, which is used to describe his two major themes in many of his major works such as “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (Morsberger 66). “The Secret Life of Walter Witty” is one of the most well know short stories by James Thurber (Morsberger 44). His themes are evident throughout the story. Also, he is able to become alive through the story by expressing imagination. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” explores the main themes of…show more content…
That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death” (“Quotes About Imagination”). The story is somewhat like a cartoon look at the world: adorable and old Walter Mitty and his amusing fantasies (“Versions of Reality”). Whether Mitty’s way of escaping by imagination works is up to the reader and how he/she interprets the the story (“Dissatisfaction”). The article “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Theme of Identity” thinks, “Walter Mitty is headed for a psychological breakdown.” Marriage has been around for thousands of years and is the last theme. James Thurber himself has been married twice. The theme of life after marriage is evident in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” with Mitty’s wife always interrupting his fun. Mitty’s fun is imagining what he would like to be in his life and as a man. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Theme of Marriage” states, “ ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ portrays a marriage in which the wife is domineering, controlling, bossy, and in short, ‘wearing the pants” (“Marriage”). James Thurber may be portraying all women as being bossy, annoying, and dominant over the average man (“Marriage”). Mitty’s wife might also only be portraying a certain type of women. Thurber does believe that marriage cannot succeed in, “present-day emotional relationships of men and women” (“Marriage”). Walter Mitty finds way to break out of
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