“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”
English 125 Introduction to Literature
Instructor Corey King
October 1, 2012
Reading Reflection of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”
The Reader-Response Approach is the way I connected to “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. In this approach you can relate to the piece of literature by a personal experience. I worked with a lady by the name of Mary Hodges and she is the female version of the character Walter Mitty. This story is very entertaining and fun to read.
Walter Mitty lived in the world of fantasy. What was happening around him, he imagined himself in that particular moment. It was like an escape from his dull reality. In the real world, he is ordinary, passive and sometimes incompetent. In his fantasies, he is strong, decisive and possesses every good quality he lacks in reality. The story is somewhat comical: adorable old Walter Mitty and his fascinating and amusing fantasies; on the other hand, there may be a darker factor to this story, as we know that he will never achieve that of which he dreams.
Ms. Mary Hodges, the real-life character, was living in her own world a lot like Walter Mitty. Even though Mary wasn’t married, that did not slow down her imagination and wild fantasies. It seemed anytime something major was happening in the news, she had an elaborate story to go along with it, that she actually believed happened. Once she even went as far as saying she was abducted by aliens and they extracting some of her eggs out of her ovaries and she believes she has alien babies running around disguised as humans. This lady was far out there but she was the nicest individual you could ever meet.
Reading a piece of literature like “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” really captures the fun of reading. It is a story that you enjoy and don’t feel compelled to read. While reading this story, I relaxed my mind and just jumped into the story. Walter Mitty’s...
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