Mrs. Mity In The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

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Mrs. Mitty is clearly the strongest supporting character in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” She is static because she doesn’t experience enlightenment into the thought process of her husband like we do. Mrs. Mitty helps us understand Mitty through her passive role in his life. Because of her low expectations, Mitty doesn’t have anyone in his life to push him towards becoming the person he desires to be, a strong, popular hero and thus remains static. The monotony of Mitty’s life, caused by his wife’s controlling demeanor, reinforces the central idea that having some form of escape is essential to life. The boy and girl in “Miss Brill” represent the supporting character. It is their role in the story that is crucial to Miss Brill remaining static. The conversation they were having which consisted of insulting Miss Brill, leads her to realize that she is not wanted at the park. This realization contributes to Miss Brill recognition of reality, but not to her own realization of her false sense of belonging or to her breaking the…show more content…
After Miss Brill overhears a conversation between a boy and girl, she learns that her part in sitting at the park every Sunday isn’t as important as she initially thought. Miss Brill’s realization of her false sense of belonging is brought about when she is brought back to a harsh reality. This realization puts into motion Miss Brill’s descent from societal interaction: “to-day she passed the baker’s by, climbed the stairs, went into the little dark room - her room like a cupboard - and sat down on the red eiderdown” (865). The periodical reminder that Miss Brill experiences of her own rejection from society does not resolve this external conflict. The central conflict helps us understand the central idea through the way is demonstrates Miss Brill’s loneliness a result of her exclusion from

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