“The Right Stuff “by Tom Wolfe is about pilots having the right stuff for flying. One of the main characters is Pete Conrad, he just graduated college and has enter the Navy as a pilot. At his first duty station he was rushed to the scene of a downed jet as the on call safety guy. The downed pilot was his friend and colleague Bud Jennings. “Pushing the outside of the envelope” (Wolfe, p. 8) was a phrase that often used by the pilots in this book.
Then in the last line "The Old Man'll get us through", they said to one another." (Clugston, 2010, p. 2). This clearly shows how Walter is the hero and others have confidence in his ability to do something right. However, then Walter's wife, Mrs. Mitty, interrupted the daydream by yelling at Walter. "You're driving too fast!"
While driving his car he starts to day dream that he is a commander on a “Navy hydroplane" going through a storm. (Clugston, 2010). While passing a hospital, he believes he is a famous surgeon, known throughout the world for saving lives. He imagines he is being interrogated in court on a case, when he hears a newsboy shouting about a trial. Also, when he is waiting for his wife, he imagines himself to be a British pilot after seeing pictures of a German plane.
During the movie he goes through an extended stage of shock which impairs him from flying for quite a while. He matched his strength against the system and was able to recover from his shock. Jensen represents maturation beyond that of the trickster in the fact that everyone including himself thought that he would never be able to fly again, and yet he did. He overcame the large challenge of going through shock to become a "knight of the air." Jensen continued to fly till the end of the war, and then returned home.
While they are dating Rafe volunteers to fly and serve with the Royal Air force’s Eagles. Rafe then leaves to England but not before promising Evelyn that he will return for her. While Rafe is in England, Danny and Evelyn are both transferred to Pearl Harbor. It is while they are in Pearl Harbor that Danny and Evelyn receive the heart breaking news that Danny’s plane was shot down and is assumed dead. Both Evelyn and Danny are desperately heart broken and mourn
This is in stark contrast to the Knight, who constantly puts his life on the line expecting nothing in return; he does simply because it is the right thing to do. How a person conducts themselves on a daily basis can tell you a lot about their character and motivations. If one were to examine the Knight then they would see he is a humble, brave, and kind man. “And though so much distinguished, he was wise / And in his bearing modest as a maid. / He never yet a boorish thing had said / In all his life to any, come what might; / He was a true, a perfect gentle-knight.”(70-74).
The two end up moving in together, and she becomes very influential by providing confidence for Hughes during his journey to succeed in aviation. During this time, Hughes took an interest in passenger aviation as well, purchasing Transcontinental & Western Air (TWA), the predecessor to his re-named company Trans World Airlines. Hughes also took his aviation goals to another level and broke aviation records such as flying around the world in the new record time of four days, and built the fastest plane on earth at the time. Eventually Hughes and Hepburn break up, and he learned that the Pan Am airline company wanted to put his TWA out of business. Hughes then proceeded to get a contract from the Air Force to build a reconnaissance plane and a troop transport aircraft.
The heroes he becomes in his many fantasies are courageous, substantial people who take charge and impress everyone around them. However, in reality, he lives a usual life with no excitement and obeys his nagging wife. Walter Mitty is a typical husband in the 1930s. He is suffering from many problems such as emotional and financial issues which lead him to create a different person, the side of him that is the person he wishes he could be, significant, bold, and heroic. The title of this short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, confirms that the reader will be involved in Walter Mitty’s “secret life” which is actually his imagination.
So high and so conceited that there was no enduring him” * “You never see a fault in anybody. All the world are good and agreeable in your eyes.” (EB to JB) * "I would not wish to be hasty in censuring anyone; but I always speak what I think." * " your good sense, to be so honestly blind to the follies and nonsense of others!” * And so you like this man's sisters, too, do you? Their manners are not equal to his." (Elizabeth to Jane; Ch.
For example, in act 1 of the play, statements such as, “That is like a woman! But seriously, Nora, you know what I think about that. No debt, no borrowing,” lead us to believe that Torvald is not willing to do anything that will hurt his image. Eventually his pompous persona and “narrow minded” view of life inevitably cause him to suffer a very embarrassing and unusual fate. At the end of the play, it is ultimately Torvald’s pride in his job, Nora, and his own image that eventually cause his wife to leave him.