The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Analysis of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"
Abraham Harrison
Ashford University
Introduction to Literature
Instructor Stacey Novak
September 17, 2012

Analysis of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"
In “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” the literary work is told in the past tense. It is a straightforward story, about a Mr. and Mrs. Mitty and their daily routine in living. The main theme of the story is about Mr. Witty’s ability to daydream in some of the strangest places. His character is clever of turning the most mind-numbing of day after day condition and sights into an exaggerated, action filled and mostly witty scene. For example, when he thinks he’s a commander in an 8-engine Navy Hydroplane (Clugston, 2010, pg 6). He dreams these fancy hallucinations to get away from the dreary life he leads with his nagging and bossy wife.
The reason why this literary story caught my attention is the ability of the mind to take you into a world of the unknown. Walter’s imagination, though a bit unrealistic, does bring back situation of me daydreaming and fantasizing about things. I can relate to the excitement that Walter brings to his life when he is feeling bored. We all have on one occasion slipped into a fantasy world of some sort to get away from reality for a bit. The author has used the farce approach utilizing humor and exaggeration keeping the audience in suspense. According the text, farce is described as a comedy; short play, in which both subtle humor and hilarity are developed though improbable situation, exaggeration and (often) ridiculous antics (Clugston, 2010, pg 23).
In “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the fabricated world is mentioned numerous times and is used in small passages. The circumstances fluctuate every time Walter Mitty dreams. He habitually drifts into a fantasy when he sees something that grabs hold of his thoughts.   For example, Mitty’s turn as a skillful surgeon instantaneously follows his taking off and putting on his...