“The secret life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber is the story about an elderly man
“The secret life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber is the story about an elderly man, by James Thurber,who is always daydreaming. The story is written in third person narration and hence readers are able to get a better understanding of the characters’ thought process. When readers are able to get access to Walters mind they are able to relate to the significance of his dreams to his reality. Throughout the story the daily routine of Walter consists of chores and activities instructed by his wife to him who he escapes by getting lost in the world of his daydreams or fantasies. These include a wide range of adventures from combat, flying a navy hydroplane through a storm, acting as a world-famous surgeon, and even Walter imagining himself as a crack shot being interrogated in the courtroom. He tries to escape his mundane and routine insignificant real life by compensating it with various fantasies he has all day long whenever he has a moment to spare.
As walter drives his car he fantasizes about commanding “a Navy hydroplane” through a nasty storm .We soon see him drive past a hospital as he fantasizes that he is a world-famous surgeon saving the life of a VIP. Then upon hearing a newsboy shouting about a court trial he imagines he is a criminal who is being interrogated in the courtroom. As he waits for his wife to be done with her appointment at the hairdresser he comes across pictures of German fighter planes and starts to imagine himself as a British pilot who proudly willing to sacrifice his life for his motherland. Finally, while he waits outside the drugstore for his wife to return leaning against a wall, he fantasizes that he is a bold, strong and brave man who about to be shot by a firing squad. The story ends with an unflinching Walter Mitty looking his death in the eye fearlessly.