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Posted May 29, 2011 at 10:14 AM via web

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Can you help me Explain how the selected literary elements characters, and setting in the story of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" affect the narrative theme?

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted May 29, 2011 at 12:13 PM (Answer #1)

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The setting in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" is the ordinary life of Walter Mitty. The setting is ordinary and so is the life of Walter Mitty. Walter Mitty's life is so ordinary until he has to dream up all the other instances that occur in the story.

Literally, Mitty and his wife are driving into Waterbury, Connecticut. It is another boring, routine trip into town. Mitty's wife is complaining that he driving too fast. She grumbles, nags, and complains throughout the story. Each time she complains or nags her husband, Mitty finds himself caught up in a fantastic daydream.

Clearly, the mundane events in Mitty's life cause him to create dramatic fantasies with interesting, even thrilling incidents.

If it works for Mitty, who could knock him? After all, being married to someone as nagging as Mrs. Mitty would cause anyone to desire to escape.

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