The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a short story that explores the dull and depressing existence of the titular character. During a shopping trip to the city, Mitty’s wife constantly nags at him, and he is shown to be a rather timid and dreary man on the outside; however, inside his head, he is taking part in an endless parade of colorful, swashbuckling adventures. The story demonstrates the disconnect between inner and outer identity, as well as the desperate desire to escape the ordinary.

Summary of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber

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