The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Olivia Wynn


The author uses daydreams to define the character of Walter Mitty as a victim.

Claim 1

First, the grinning garageman treats Walter Mitty like he is a child. Walter Mitty says, "they won't grin at me then." Walter mean that the garageman grins at him because he is unable to do something. Walter Mitty was very upset at the garageman's face. He even wanted to wear a sling so, he would not be judged.
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Claim 2

Secondly, the woman who passes him tremendously mistreats Walter Mitty. "A woman passing him laughed." This woman mistreats Walter by making fun of him because he calls "Puppy Biscuit" out loud. Walter Mitty then feels like he is crazy because of the woman's actions.
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Claim 3

Lastly, his wife victimizes Walter Mitty the most. "A Strange woman who had yelled at him in a crowd." Walter Mitty feels as if his wife, the person who is supposed to be supportive, is a stranger that is against him. She is a controlling as well as a demanding person. For example, she always wants Walter Mitty to put on his gloves.
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In conclusion, the author's text structure causes Walter Mitty to be a victim in different situations that these people provoked.
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