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May Day May Day Were going down Right before impact you are awaken suddenly by a tapping on your shoulder by your teacher and a class full of laughing peers It happens to everyone at one point or another Every high school student has been succumbed to a wild daydreaming adventure In the short story The secret life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber a man by the name of Walter Mitty can hardly tell reality from his vivid imaginary dreams which undertake him spontaneously as he feuds with his nagging wife In a very similar short story Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving the main character Rip Van Winkle slips away from his domestic problems with his wife to a place of serenity where he can sleep in the peace and quiet of the Catskill Mountains These two stories possess many striking similarities yet there are many differences between them which make them unique Similarities run wild between these two stories The most noticeable trait in which both stories possess heavily is the portrayal of the wife In Rip Van Winkle Rips wife is a nagging mean old hag who gets her kicks out of bossing him around and taking him away from his fun with the neighborhood children and his dog An extremely strong connection can be made from the wife of Rip to the wife of Walter Mitty Mittys wife is obviously a control freq who always has to have things her way and if things fail to lean in her favor then all havoc breaks loose Not so fast Youre driving too fast said Mrs Mitty What are you driving so fast for Thurber 2 Another large similarity between Walter and Rip are their overwhelming tendencies to avoid any form of laborous activity pertaining to their own benefit by choosing to do something a little more exciting and fun In Rips case he simply leaves his wife and his house
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