Analytic essay on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber

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In The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, James Thurber sends our titled character, Walter Mitty from his boring and normal life to daydreams where he is on the top of life itself. Walter Mitty goes into daydreams throughout and is almost always rudely awakened from his contemplations. His short attention span often gets him in trouble with his wife, the nag of his life, or from other various people who ridicule him.

In the Secret life of Walter Mitty, James Thurber kicks the story off with an exciting daydream. Mitty, in his daydream, is a commander to a hydroplane, a seaplane, trying to get through a hurricane. He shows his superiority in his daydream by giving out orders to the crew. The crew does not seem to show any fear, putting their faith in the commander. The crew actually "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"..." Right after they said that Mitty is brought to reality by his wife complaining that Mitty was driving too fast. Mitty looks at her, confused, and then realizes that she was his wife, and they are in a car, driving to the building in which his wife is going to get her hair done. She tells him to buy overshoes, which comes up later and also complains he never wears his gloves. He puts his gloves on, but takes them off when her back his turned. But then a police officer tells him to hurry up so he quickly puts back on his gloves and drives past a hospital on his way to a parking lot.

In the next daydream, triggered by the hospital is about Mitty as an expert doctor who was supposed to...