The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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Reality? I Think Not “Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.”- Author Unknown. At first, it seemed as if Walter Mitty, the story’s main character, is an older man reliving his past experiences. But as the story progresses, it becomes apparent that these are not flashbacks. These are only daydreams that allow him to cope with his submissive nature and routine life. In “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” James Thurber contrasts the bold figure Mitty dreams of being with the meek person he is in real life. In his daydreams, Mitty is a brave, unconquerable figure who is equal to any challenge and who wins everyone's admiration. At one time, he imagines he is a Navy Commander guiding his men through a hurricane-force ice storm. "We're going through!" The commander's voice was like thin ice breaking (Thurber 299). The hurricane-force storm is the worst storm in twenty years, but Mitty is fearless. His crew exclaims, "The Old Man'll get us through. The Old Man ain't afraid of Hell!" (Thurber 299). Another time, he is the only doctor in the East who knows how to fix an anesthetizer. "’The new anesthetizer is giving way!’ shouted an intern. ‘There is no one in the East who knows how to fix it!’" (Thurber 301). The machine needed to perform surgery is not operating correctly, and needs to be looked at immediately. Walter Mitty takes a fountain pen, pulls out a faulty piston, and replaces the piston with the pen. "’That will hold for 10 minutes,’ he said. ‘Get on with the operation’” (Thurber 301). In addition to these, he is a suspect on trial for murder of Gregory Fitzhurst on the night of July fourteenth. Even though he is a defendant on trial for the murder, he admits he was capable. "’Objection!’ shouts Mitty's attorney. ‘We have shown that the defendant could not have fired the shot. We have shown that he

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