Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

James Thurber wrote a great short story in 1939 called The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. I must say the read must use an imagination for Mr. Thurber’s main character Walter Mitty is very comical. While the story takes place in Waterbury, Connecticut the main character Walters fantasies will take you on an unspecific journey. With great tone and the perfect amounts of drama and romantic fantasies this story is great. I plan to approach how Mrs. Mitty tries to protect Walter Mitty from himself and his crazy but wonderful daydreaming/fantasies. I will be using a reader’s response approach to critique this short story. This short story caught my imagination right away; being a wife myself I was mostly intrigued about how Walter Mitty felt his wife was always nagging. Yet his fantasies almost caused him several accidents. I was very curious about Walter’s imagination due to his mid day fantasies being go over the top humor and hidden romance. As I read the story I felt connected to it, I found myself taking part of Walter’s fantasies. Walter Mittys first daydream/fantasy is being a commander in an eight cylinder hydroplane. I actually felt like I was next to Walter Mitty fighting to see through the ice covered pilot’s window as the engines reefed up pushing through the storm. The short story used such great details I felt aboard with Walter. The scenes came alive to me, when Mr. Mitty was disrespected by a fellow shipmate I wanted to tell the other man to hush the commander has it under control, but Walter said it for me when he said “I am not asking you”. The tone is set with a comic element. The reader will definitely find amusement in at least one of Walter Mitty’s five fantasies. One may find mocking of Mrs. Mitty through out the story. But with a husband drifting off all day I think I would be a little cranky as well. While the genre points to comical and...
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