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A prevalent habit of human kind is to pretend to be someone we are not to mask our true selves This is sometimes possible through false identities In the case of Walter Mitty in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty he makes it possible to live the life he longs to live This is achieved through numerous dream sequences in which he takes on new personalities and mannerisms The qualities that are apparent in most if not all of his day dreams are demanding repetitive skilled and confident Walter Mittys speech as well as his actions demonstrate the distinctly opposite personalities he has in his real life and his dream life One feature Walter Mitty is lacking in real life that is predominant in his dream sequences is being demanding He takes charge of a situation and does not hesitate to exhibit his authority In his first daydream he says Im not asking you Lieutenant Berg Were going through 88 He lets the lieutenant know who is in charge and verbally expresses it This is quite different from his real life where he follows the commands of his wife so intently This comment to the lieutenant is the kind of thing hed like to say to his wife if he had the courage in real life that he only possesses in his invented life Another example of this demanding quality is found in Walters second dream when he is an accomplished doctor in a tense operating room scene The anaesthetizer begins to malfunction and the nurse is distressed Mitty takes control of the circumstances and begins to make his commands Quiet man Give me a fountain pen That will hold for ten minutes Get on with the operation 89 In just a short time frame Mitty tells the interne what to do makes a demand for an object expertly fixes a defective machine and dictates the doctors to get on with the operation
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