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In James Thurbers short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty we encounter a man who constantly daydreams Since the story is told in a third-person narration the readers have a distinct perspective and a better understanding of the characters personality and thought process With access to the protagonists mind the readers are able to understand and relate the significance of his dreams to his reality Mittys dreams of being a highly regarded individual are contrast to his real life The contradiction lays in the incompetence and lack of knowledge he truly possesses As Dr Mitty he accomplishes a brilliant performance by writing a book on streptothricocis 819 a term which does not exist The readers can come to two conclusions The first being Mitty is not a highly educated man He invents a word that sounds intelligent and complex in order to realize his fantasy The second possibility involves Mitty imagining strpothricocis as some sort of new and rare disease In this case Mitty would not be satisfied with being a simple doctor Wanting to lead the way he sees himself as a pioneer as though he were the first physician who created breakthrough discoveries on this disease This dream corresponds to the other extremity he faces in reality Aside from not having much brainpower his manual skills are as deplorable He demonstrates this as once he had tried to take his chains off his tires and got them wounded around the axels820 His awareness of his incapabilitys in physical labour is shown through the dream of the crack-shot murderer where he claims I could have killed Gregory Fitzhurst at three hundred feet with my left-hand820 even though his right
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