James Thurber's The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

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In James Thurber’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” Walter Mitty is a hero for coping with living in a harsh, dull world through his use of his creative imagination instead of complaining. For example, in his dreams, Walter Mitty imagines his character with heroic attributes to create an action-rich environment in order to escape from his monotonous life, such as, “The crew, bending to their various tasks in the huge, hurtling eight-engined Navy hydroplane, looked at each other and grinned. ‘The Old Man’ll get us through,’ they said to one another. ‘The Old Man ain’t afraid of Hell!’. . .” The crew's unvaried obedience towards Walter Mitty allows for him to persevere through the storm in his dream, implying that Walter Mitty can remain calm in tense situations while still being…show more content…
Despite his way of dealing with reality being unorthodox, his use of his inspiring imagination to fill a void in his life implies that Walter Mitty possess various, bright reasons to be viewed as an idol. Furthermore, Walter Mitty does not receive the enjoyment of relaxing and dreaming all day, to the contrary, he must endure with his wife’s demands, like when, “Remember to get those overshoes while I’m having my hair done.” Most men around Walter Mitty’s age would sit around all day, but he does not act accordingly, instead, he takes care of the tedious tasks his wife expects him to finish. Also, even though Walter Mitty’s spends most of his time primarily following Mrs. Mitty’s orders, we can see that he decides that rather than complaining, he will make the most out of his life by using his
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