The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James ThurberMeet Walter Mitty.
Hes a Husband.
Hes a Captain of a Navy ship
Hes a toughest man on the trial
Hes the man who can a woman from distress and is a hero to all man kind.
Hes also worrying his wife, his co-workers, his boss and his shrink.
Walter Mitty has dreams. Dreams of being a hero. But hes not dreaming them in bed, like everyone else is. Hes dreaming these events while driving, while shopping, talking to his wife, walking down the street. He sees himself as a hero to everyone, but doesnt really do anything about it. Hes just your average Joe that is taking his wife to get her hair done. And while she is getting her hair done, he runs errands. But everyday life, everything that we see, feel, touch, hear generates this scene in his head where he is the hero to the story and hes living it right then and there!! While everyone looks at him like hes weird, he doesnt see what wrong with this!!
As a writer I was thrilled that I am not the only person that this is happening too!!! I cant tell you how many times I will be sitting at the Library that I work at and there will be an event that will take place, or someone says something to me and it triggers a scene playing in my head and Im living that story out (in my head of course). I am a writer and I am always getting scenarios playing out in my head that sometimes leave me speechless until I am writing that out in my laptop. Sometimes I talk out loud the scenes but hey, Im a writer its allowed. (I think....)
"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"
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Walter Mitty always has his head in the clouds. Sometimes as a Navy pilot other times a surgeon, and my personal favorite a man accused of a crime. I really liked the portrayal of daydreaming and how everyone wants to escape from reality. Ben Stiller did an excellent job of narration. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….
He wore his full-dress uniform, with the heavily braided white cap pulled down rakishly over one cold gray eye. Rev her up to 8,! The Commander stared at the ice forming on the pilot window.
James Thurber is most famous as a cartoonist and writer for The New Yorker in the s and 40s. It tells the story of an aging man who, though inept and bumbling in real life, passes his day with a series of fantasies in which he takes on the role of any number of powerful, bold, decisive men. The story has become an American classic, and Mitty a famous literary character. It refers to someone who is an absent-minded dreamer. Who hasn't gotten through a boring day by imagining they were somewhere else, someone else, doing something different? Whether you pretend you're decoding spy codes when finishing your calculus homework, or that you're a dangerous Mafioso when your mother makes you take out the garbage, or that you're an FBI agent gathering intel when you're waiting at line at the supermarket, you probably know what we're talking about.
It was also adapted into a film , which is again very different from the original. The name Walter Mitty and the derivative word "Mittyesque"  have entered the English language, denoting an ineffectual person who spends more time in heroic daydreams than paying attention to the real world, or more seriously, one who intentionally attempts to mislead or convince others that he is something that he is not. Warner Brothers studio head Jack L. Warner in his autobiography My First Hundred Years in Hollywood , described the actor Errol Flynn in the following way: "To the Walter Mittys of the world he was all the heroes in one magnificent, sexy, animal package". The short story deals with a vague and mild-mannered man who drives into Waterbury, Connecticut , with his wife for their regular weekly shopping and his wife's visit to the beauty parlor. During this time he has five heroic daydream episodes.