Does this story have all three basic elements(action, character, theme) of fiction?I think "yes" but it's hard to find the 'theme' of this story. How can I find all these three things in this...

Does this story have all three basic elements(action, character, theme) of fiction?

I think "yes" but it's hard to find the 'theme' of this story. How can I find all these three things in this story? And why?

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missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Yes, this does indeed have all three elements.

  • Action: The essence of this story is that Mitty drops his wife off and drives away looking for a parking spot. Throughout that time, Mitty daydreams and different parking attendants or cops try to get him moving again when he's off in his own world. He also interrupts other people onces he's walking as he lives in his created world in his brain.
  • Character: Mitty is a hoot. He complies with his wife's requests in front of her, but behind her back immediately disobeys... he's a rebel. He's obviously also a daydreamer. I think you could call him impatient (waiting for his wife) He reminds me of the movies with Mr. Bean for some reason.
  • Theme: Dreams vs. Reality. Escape. Everything he saw became a movie in his head with him as the leading role. I think both of these theme can be clearly seen in the end when it begins to rain and he pretends he is up against a firing squad: "Then, with that faint, fleeting smile, playing about his lips, he faced the firing squad: erect and motionless, proud and disdainful, Walter Mitty the Undefeated, inscrutable to the last."
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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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