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The Outsider and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty The opening lines of the novel The Outsider by Albert Camus set the tone for the book Mother died today Or maybe yesterday I dont know pg 9 it is a dreary and depressing sentence so are the thoughts of a character by the name of Meursault However the circumstances that took place plunged him into a spiral of events Strangely his thoughts stayed the same yet his life changed dramatically Conversely the story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber is seemingly contrary to the novel The Outsider In the beginning of the story Lieutenant Burg was saying to the Commander We cant make it sir Its spoiling for a hurricane The Commanders brave reply was Were going through pg 73 The story promised excitement fast pace and interesting events full of heroism There was one small detail it was a daydream of Walter Mitty whose life was lonely and discouraging It was his way of dealing with the reality of his miserable life Even though these stories do not seem to be comparable by examining them a little closer is revealed that the characters have many things in common Meursault and Mitty were trying to escape the realties of their lives yet they came face to face with them because of the decisions they made throughout their lives which led them to their ultimate destruction Both characters wanted to shy away from society They disassociated themselves from everybody and interacted with others only when they needed something Meursault was a peculiar man who kept to himself He never sought people they always came to him They were there for his pleasure and amusement only if it was suitable to him How Meursault felt and the way he treated people is clearly illustrated in his relationship with Marie who was his sexual object When he did not have any more need for
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