The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the author, James Thurber, contrasts
that real life of the character, Walter Mitty, to the fantasy world he
In the story, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," the author, James
Thurber, contrasts that real life of the character, Walter Mitty, to
the fantasy world he has created. Walter Mitty, unhappy with his
everyday life and his nit-picking wife, fades in and out of reality.
To escape reality, he envisions himself as a brave, strong hero who is
admired by others. His fantasies allow him to escape the boring life
he lives. Sparked by events in his real life, his fantasies take him
to World War II as a pilot who saves his crew from a severe storm to
being a world famous surgeon. The more his wife nags, the more he
becomes a victim in his fantasies. He even dreams of being on trial
for murder and standing in front of a firing squad, and Walter still
stands tall and proud (Thurber).
I identify with the character of Walter Mitty very much. I find myself
daydreaming all the time. Mitty feels like he wants to leave reality
and live in his dreams. Many times, I find myself dreaming things that
I really would not like to happen in reality, but are fun to daydream
about. Walter Mitty did exactly this when he was dreaming of being in
front of the firing squad (Thurber).
Have you ever had a Walter Mitty moment? Sure we all have! It does not
just happen to people today buy happened to Peter in the Bible. When
he called out to Jesus asking if it was really the Lord requesting to
him to walk on water also. But for Peter, unlike Walter Mitty, reality
trumped fantasy, for he fled at the first sign of danger and lost
faith when faced with the...