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Theme in The Secret Life of Walter MittyThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty written by James Thurber is a short story that takes place during the trying times of World War II Thurbers description of Walter Mitty is of a married older man who lives in a town called Waterbury and has an imagination of a three-year-old In this excerpt of Walter Mittys life we are able to see into his mind and discover the many conflicts that disturb him The theme although it may seem hidden is of Walter Mittys quest to be in control of something perhaps his life By day dreaming of situations in which he feels in charge he is able to escape from being pushed around by the people in his town the parking attendant and especially his wife Through the development of the plot and the use of imagery we are able to see Mittys conflicts and feelings of inferiority in his everyday life As the story of the secret life of Walter Mitty begins the reader finds himself wondering where the story takes place and for what reason is this seemingly ordinary old man dreaming or wishing he were in another place and time Through the development of the plot Thurber enables the reader to pick up subtle clues to the reasoning behind these odd outbursts of daydreams by Walter Mitty Thurber does an excellent job of using Mrs Mitty and other towns people like the parking attendant for instance to show us reasons why Walter wants to escape reality and dream of such elaborate places The portrayal of Mrs Mitty is very important to the development of the plot Without her the severity of the daydreams and the theme of this story would not be as easily understood Thurber makes Mrs Mitty out to be a strong older woman who has to have the control in the marriage and feels that Walter is incapable of thinking for
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