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Walter Mitty Daydreams

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“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber is about the trip Walter Mitty takes into town with his wife. During this trip, Mitty experiences many different daydreams that seek to help him escape from the monotony of his life. Each of these fantasies is brought about by some aspect of Mitty’s life. While driving too fast into town Mitty dreams of being the commander of a Navy hydroplane, flying through a storm. After dropping off his wife at the salon, Mitty fantasizes about being a miracle surgeon while driving to the store. Continuing with his errands Mitty has trouble remembering the last item on his list and ends up fantasizing about being on trial for a murder. After he finished his shopping, Mitty goes into a hotel to wait for…show more content…
It is through his thoughts that we see the story, which revolves around his static behavior. Throughout the story, we become familiar with the prominent tendency of Mitty to daydream. This habit starts out with Mitty fantasizing about his position as the pilot and his leading role managing the crew. As the story progresses, we start to recognize a theme in his daydreams, Mitty “portrays himself as a strong and brave man, usually one who is the best at what he does; the one in charge. When in reality, the people around him control his life, and his wife, Mrs. Mitty, is the one who takes charge” (C). Mitty is static because he doesn’t experience the maturation into a self-assured man that is needed to be characterized as dynamic. This lack of change is seen through his continuous daydreams along with the absence of a change in the routine he has with his wife. Mitty’s lack of change helps us understand the central idea through his desire to live in a fantasy rather than…show more content…
We learn about and bare witness to her thoughts and lack of a dynamic development in this story. Throughout the story we learn about Miss Brill and her prominent tendency to listen in on others conversations and fantasize about the lives of those around her. In the beginning, Miss Brill is sitting in the park at her “special” seat as she did every Sunday. Sharing this seat with two other people, Miss Brill awaits the start of their conversation, but is soon disappointed when they did not speak. As the story progresses, we come to recognize that Miss Brill believes those around her to be a part of the a play: “They weren’t only the audience, not only looking on; they were acting. Even she had a part and came every Sunday” (864). Because of her belief that everyone was a part of a performance, Miss Brill romanticizes the stranger’s lives. After sitting alone at her “special” seat, a boy and girl come sit down. Miss Brill immediately commences fantasizing about who they are: “They were beautifully dressed; they were in love. The hero and heroine, of course, just arrived from his father’s yacht” (865). While Miss Brill is brought back into reality through the conversation she eavesdrops on between a boy and girl, her perception of reality does not change. Miss Brill is static because while being brought back into a harsh reality she does not accept this is the truth as shown when she “thought she heard
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