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Grade Recommendation: Grade 2. The closing firing squad scene comes when Mitty is standing against the wall. Suddenly, the setting switches to an ordinary highway, where Walter Mitty and his wife are driving into a city to run errands. He drives away toward a parking lot and loses himself in another fantasy.
In this daydream he is a brilliant doctor, called upon to perform an operation on a prominent banker. His thoughts are interrupted by the attendant at the parking lot, where Mitty is trying to enter through the exit lane. He has trouble backing out to get into the proper lane, and the attendant has to take the wheel.
Next, Mitty finds a shoe store and downloads overshoes. He is trying to remember what else his wife wanted him to download when he hears a newsboy shouting about a trial, which sends Mitty into another daydream. Mitty is on the witness stand in a courtroom. He identifies a gun as his own and reveals that he is a skillful marksman.
His testimony causes a disturbance in the courtroom. An attractive young woman falls into his arms; the district attorney strikes her and Mitty punches him. This time Mitty brings himself out of his reverie by remembering what he was supposed to download.
P airborne warfare. He begins to daydream again, seeing himself as a heroic bomber pilot about to go on a dangerous mission.
He is brave and lighthearted as he prepares to risk his life. He returns to the real world when his wife claps him on the shoulder. She is full of questions, and he explains to her that he was thinking. She replies that she plans to take his temperature when they get home. They leave the hotel and walk toward the parking lot. She darts into a drugstore for one last download, and Mitty remains on the street as it begins to rain.
He lights a cigarette and imagines himself smoking it in front of a firing squad. Throughout most of the story, Mitty is driving around town with his wife, then he drops her off at the hairdresser while he runs some errands. He first gets scolded at by his wife for driving too fast and then gets yelled by another driver while stalling at a green light.
He has trouble parking, and then forgets just what it was he was supposed to pick up at the grocer's while his wife gets her hair "done. The contrast between Mitty's real life and that of his imagination is of course the humour of the story. There is a contrast of settings between the boring humdrum suburban existence which Mitty has and his fantastical hero exploits. In reality Mitty is driving his wife to town, then waiting around for her whilst completing the menial tasks he has been set to do: ''Remember to get those overshoes while I'm having my hair done," The second setting is as wide as Mitty's imagination which ranges from the depths of a hurricane to the warring skies; the tense operating theatre and the dramatic courtroom.
One of the most engaging aspects of the story is facilitated by this distinction in settings. What type of character is Walter Mitty? He spends a good deal of his time imagining that he is someone else. His daydreams all have him as a successful, courageous, heroic individual, who is called in to save the day.
Mitty is married to a woman who treats him more like a child than a husband. This is due to his immature tendency to escape into fantasies rather than live in the real world. Throughout the story, Walter Mitty changes very little, the only thing that changes are his daydreams.
In his final daydream, he imagines himself facing a firing squad.
Of course this is another expression of his exceptional courage and bravery. But I always wondered if this daydream didn't mean something more, like maybe he had a secret desire for death to escape his boring, controlled existence under the constant nagging of his wife.
This thought gives some credibility to Mrs. Mitty's concern for Walter Mitty's health. He clearly suffers from some mental disorder in my view. Compare and contrast Walter Mitty in real life with Mitty in his daydream. P success. Nagged constantly by his wife and mocked by others he encounters in the course of his mundane existence, Mitty retreats into a fantasy world of extraordinary events. In his imagination, Mitty becomes a daring combat pilot, a uniquely skilled surgeon called in to consult on a puzzling medical case, and a brilliant lawyer whose eloquence saves the day in a tense courtroom drama.
In all of these fantasies, Mitty is the hero, a sharp contrast to the little failures of his real life. Indeed, it is exactly that contrast that gives Mitty relief from the humiliation of his day-to-day existence. Mitty's final daydream a comment on his fate of real life? In Walter Mitty's final daydream, he imagines that he is about to be put to death by a firing squad. In one sense, this can be seen as an indication that Mitty's fate is to lose his "battle" with his boring, mundane life.
He will continue to be dragged on boring shopping excursions by his wife, who will continue to scold him for his forgetfulness. Mitty's attitude toward the firing squad, however, hints at a different aspect of his fate. Mitty faces the firing squad bravely, refusing to cover his eyes with a handkerchief; he is, at his last moment, "erect and motionless, proud and disdainful. In this sense, Walter Mitty can be seen as an example of an existentialist hero. Existentialism to make a long story short is a philosophy that looks at people as being lonely, isolated and overpowered by an uncaring world; the most a person can do is to choose a path that is true to his or her own character and not give in to what someone else has chosen for them.
Walter Mitty, in his mild little way, chooses his own path and refuses to give in to the demands of his wife or society at large. In his daily life, Walter Mitty is a bored, hen-pecked husband who has little control about what goes on around him. He runs errands for his wife and then listens to her complaints each and every day. In his fantasy world, he is able to tune out his wife and daydream about exciting activities which he will never be able to accomplish.
Whenever things begin to become too stressful, Walter switches to fantasy mode. In the end, even a firing squad seems to be preferential to his daily grind.
The mood of a story is also called its tone, the feeling it produces in the reader. The tone of a story is determined by the author's attitude toward the characters and their situation.
Does the author take them very seriously, for example, or does the author find humor in them? The tone in Thurber's story is one of gentle humor. Walter Mitty loses himself in the most thrilling, dramatic adventures, and the humor in the story is created by the contrast between Mitty's mental fantasies and his real life daily activities.
In each of his daydreams, Mitty is the hero--brave, daring, powerful, and the center of everyone's attention. This emphasizes how meek and powerless he really is, pushed around by an overbearing wife.
This may make Mitty seem like a sad little man, but Thurber does not emphasize this element in the story. The humorous tone of the story is continued in its conclusion. In Mitty's last fantasy; he stands bravely before a firing squad, scorning death itself, until his wife's voice snaps him back again.
The subtle and funny suggestion is that for Walter Mitty, facing a firing squad is preferable to dealing with Mrs. What happened in the doctor fantasy who wakes Mitty up to reality?
What was the cause and effect from this day dream? In this daydream, Walter Mitty is a very famous doctor. The daydream is triggered when he drives by a hospital. P important patient a friend of President Roosevelt.
Not only is Mitty asked to help, he is also called on to save the day by fixing a machine that is breaking down it gives out anesthetic. He is wakened from the daydream by the attendant at the parking lot. Mitty has been driving his car into the lot by the exit only lane. Point of view: Through whose eyes do you obtain the view of Mrs. Mitty when it states that she wanted Mr. Mitty to be waiting at the hotel for her? The story is written in the third person throughout, so we are observing her desires through the narrator.
We are told: She didn't like to get to the hotel first, she would want him to be there waiting for her as usual. The wish she has to arrive after him and have him waiting indicates that she needs to be in control and that she likes her husband to be at her beck and call; in fact she expects it.
She is frustrated when he is there before her, but is obviously not focused on her arrival: "I've been looking all over this hotel for you," said Mrs. How did you expect me to find you? Also, we are given an insight into her nagging, accusatory nature and the way she cruelly belittles her husband: She looked at him. This story vascillates between the everyday humdrum life of Water Mitty, the hen-pecked husband stereotype, and the extravagant adventures he lives in his daydreams. Mitty flits in and out of reality, his daydreams concocted by a stream of consciousness association triggered by the sputtering of his car's exhaust pipe, a pair of gloves, and finally a freshly lit cigarette.
In such a way this docile "hubby" gets to be the captain of an icebreaker, a famous surgeon, a defendent in a murder trial and finally a fighter pilot taken captive distaining a firing squad. Mitty's imagination is his "second life," which nurtures his deflated ego and helps him escape the insufferable mediocrity of his existence. If you do a graph of the plot line of this story, it would look very much like a cardiograph printout, with the steady horizontal line of Mitty's real life intermittently broken by the highs and lows of his "virtual" existence.
What is the irony in this story?
Irony is traditionally defined in modern literature as "the technique of indicating an intention or attitude opposed to what is actually stated. His attitude in the fantasy is one of decisiveness while in real life he allows his wife to order him around. In the fantasies he intentionally makes himself the center of attention whether as the captain or on the witness stand, and yet in real life he wants to avoid attention, and when others do pay attention to him, like the person on the street who laughed about him saying "puppy biscuits", it's for ridicule.
It isn't especially ironic that poor Walter would escape momentarily from his dull life and nagging wife in daydreams. In fact, we might expect him to do something to relieve his misery.
It is ironic; however, that mousy Mr.
Mitty can weave such colorful and incredibly detailed romantic adventures. For a man who shows no signs of creativity in his real life, the richness of his imagination is remarkable. It is ironic situational irony that in order to engage his talents and enjoy his life, Mitty has to stop living it from time to time. Another type of irony found in the story is dramatic irony. We understand much more about her husband's activities than does Mrs.