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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a short story was written by James Thurber in March
of 1939. This story centers on the hilarious and amusing daydreams of Walter Mitty.
was an ordinary man, who resides in Waterbury, Connecticut, with his overbearing, nagging wife
Mrs. Mitty. Throughout the story Mitty is described as a pathetic, timid man, who daydreams to
deal with situations, and conflicts that arise in his life among his wife and others he encounters
I believe that the genre of this story is comedy.
Thurber’s writing style is quiet creative
and imaginative, with themes of adventure, escapism. Symbols and images are the car, Mitty is
unable to correctly park, the overshoes that he insists he doesn’t need, the gloves, and the tire
chains he can’t correctly remove from the vehicle (Clugston, 2010). Characters in this short
story are of course, Walter Mitty, Mrs. Mitty, the policeman, and the parking attendant. This
story is the settings of Waterbury, Connecticut, on a cold afternoon, point of view told in the
First daydream occurs when Mitty and his wife are driving into Waterbury, Connecticut.
In the daydream Mitty thinks he is a commander at war in a hydroplane (Clugston, 2010). After