Monday September 26, 2011
Critical Response- Walter Mitty Reflection People have the unique ability to focus on things the mind has never seen or experienced directly. People can imagine scenarios that might never actually occur. Naturally, human beings use a lot of time imagining infinite possibilities, spending nearly half of the waking hours daydreaming about anything that comes to mind. Imagination serves as an outlet to escape reality for a while and is a helpful tool that can be used to boost self- esteem since it’s a way to fulfill what people truly desire (being valued in Walter’s case). The quotation, “Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our life,” is valid in reference to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty because of the evident, overactive imagination Walter Mitty has.
In The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the readers distinguish fiction plays a big part in the lives of human beings. Any little thing such as, driving past a hospital triggers Walter Mitty’s mind into dreaming he’s the best doctor in town. Having a wild imagination creates not only positive implications, but also negative. For example, imagination can be used to create new inventions, but can also be used by a serial killer to murder the next victim. This quotation reflects the way Walter lives his life because daydreaming excessively helps him stay kind. He uses his vivid imagination in a positive way, to have a sense of adventure. His imagination creates new worlds where he is young and worshipped by others. It refrains him from getting angry at his ungrateful wife when she says, “I wish you’d let Dr. Renshaw look you over,” or, “You’re not a young man any longer.” As a human being, having a broad imagination is helpful way to be artistic and channel images in mind onto a