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"Creative Expression Allows People To Attempt To Escape From What They View As Painful Realities Of Human Existence" This Essay Explains This Statement With Proof From 3 Novels.

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It has been said that, "creative expression allows people to attempt to escape from what they view as painful realities of human existence." The validity of this statement can be proven upon examining James Thurber's short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, secondly, Jeremiah S. Chechik's film Benny & Joon, and finally, Tennessee Williams' play, The Glass Menagerie.James Thurber's short story, tells of a man named Walter Mitty. In the story, Walter Mitty has a very boring and dull life, which seems to be run by his wife. To escape from the dullness of everyday life, Walter Mitty lets his imagination go wild. Walter imagines himself as a hero who is always there to save the day. In Walter's imaginary world, he is assertive and quick thinking, which contradicts to the real Walter Mitty. Walter uses his imagination to help him get through dull and mundane tasks such as driving his wife to have her hair done; "The Commander stared at the ice forming on the pilot window. He walked over and twisted a row of complicated dials. "Switch on No. 8 auxiliary!" he shouted. "Switch on No. 8 auxiliary!" repeated Lieutenant Berg. "Full strength in No. 3 turret!" shouted the Commander. "Full strength in No. 3 turret!" The crew, bending to their various tasks in the huge, hurtling eight-engined Navy hydroplane, looked at each other and grinned. "The old man will get us through" they said to one another. "The Old Man ain't afraid of Hell!" . . . "Not so fast! You're driving too fast!" said Mrs. Mitty. "What are you driving so fast for?""Hmm?" said Walter Mitty. He looked at his wife, in the seat beside him, with shocked astonishment. She seemed grossly unfamiliar, like a strange woman who had yelled at him in a crowd." Walter uses creative expression to escape the fact that his life is boring and controlled.Jeremiah S. Chechik's film, Benny & Joon, shows how creative expression such as art, can allow people to escape from reality. In the movie, Benny runs a car repair shop, and is having trouble keeping a housekeeper to take care of his mentally handicapped sister Joon. Without supervision Joon tends to set things on fire and create public disturbances. One night Benny loses a poker game and has to agree to take in a friend's cousin, Sam, who also has some erratic personality traits. Joon expresses herself through painting, and it helps her get through her life, which is controlled by medication and her older brother Benny. Joon often gets lost in a world of her own, for example, in one part of the movie Joon wanders into traffic, without realizing what she is doing or how dangerous it is. Art and painting help Joon control these episodes. Sam, who also seems to have a mental disability, expresses himself through acting, and making people laugh; this is the way Sam deals with the problems of everyday life.Tennessee Williams's play The Glass Menagerie is about a girl named Laura who lives in a fantasy world of glass figurines. Laura is very shy and...

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