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Is there any foreshadowing in the story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty?"  

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agimenez | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 6, 2011 at 11:31 AM via web

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Is there any foreshadowing in the story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty?"

 

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cldbentley | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted November 6, 2011 at 11:42 PM (Answer #1)

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"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" is a short story written by James Thurber.  In this story, the protagonist, Walter Mitty, frequently finds himself the hero of action-filled daydreams; these daydreams appear to allow him to escape the mundane life he leads in reality. 

While Mitty's daydreams are obvious fantasies, they each have some small link with events that take place in Mitty's real life; there is a little bit of foreshadowing before each daydream.  For example, Walter Mitty's daydream about being a heroic surgeon is preceded by his driving past a hospital; he fantasizes about being on trial after he hears a newsboy shouting about the Waterbury trial; and Mitty imagines being a Captain when he sees pictures of World War II in an old magazine.  These hints of what to come are examples of foreshadowing.

 

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