Walter Mitty Research Paper

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Walter Mitty: The Real and The Fake In the Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber, Walter creates fantasies based on his insecurities and attempts to make a new, improved version of himself. One insecurity Walter often thinks about is his cowardice, and he combats this by creating fantasies where he is known to be both masculine and brave. For example, while driving to Waterbury with his wife, Mitty fantasies about flying an “eight-engine Navy hydroplane” through a hurricane at high speeds (1). This is a very stark difference from his real life, where he is tense and worried about driving a car at a measly 55 miles per hour, which is much slower than any Navy plane. Mitty is trying to seem powerful and manly, being able to operate heavy
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