Can someone compare and contrast the setting in these two literary works, 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' and 'The Story of an Hour'?

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In ‘The Story of an Hour’, Mrs. Mallard’s experiences take place within the physical confines of her home. In ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’, Mitty is on a visit to town with his wife, conducting a series of errands. There is a similarity, however, in that both of these characters escape into their own imaginations. Walter has several daydreams which take him into a hospital, a courtroom and various battle scenarios-

 “It takes two men to handle that bomber, and the Archies are pounding hell out of the air.”

Mrs Mallard imagines her future life, unencumbered by her husband and the bonds of marriage-

 ...she saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely. And she opened and spread her arms out to them in welcome.

Both characters are oppressed by their setting and the circumstances around them. They are both confined to restrictive and unfulfilling marriages, and both create an ideal setting in their minds where they can be free.




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