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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a short story by James Thurber Walter Mitty proved to be not only Thurbers most famous tale but alson one of the most frequently anthologized stories in modern American writing People have become very formilar with the story or Walter Mitty Long 13 ONe of the reasons for popels formilarizing with this story is that Walter Mitty represents the American middle-class man bored to death with life Kaufman 93This short story is about a man Walter Mitty and his wife who make a trip to town Waterbury to run errands Mrs Mitty needed to stop at the hair salon and she orders her husband to drop the car off at the mechanic and go to the store to buy overshoes and some unknown object that he couldnt remember later he remembers he was to get puppy biscuts During the whole trip to town Mitty is lost in daydreams These daydreams are the secret life of Walter MittyThe theme of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is indirectly stated as boredome of life Walter Mitty escapes from the humdrum of his everyday life through his daydreams Mitty could also be described as hatting is life The daydreams of Mitty are seen not merely as momentary escapes from dull reality into exciting fantasy but also as an indext to Mittys anger desperation and willingness to escape permanently into the more satisfying dream world of his imagination Kaufman 94 Thurber manages to express this theme with humorous situations between Mitty his wife Dr Renshow the passerby the traffic cop and the parking lot attendant These people represent reality to Mitty They scrutinize him make him feel incompetent Kaufman 96Because of his boredom Mitty becomes withdrawn from the outside world like many people who are sick of their life It is clear even in this firlst fantasy that Mitty has withdrawn to the point where his return to reality is shocking unfamiliar
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